Kai Forbath, whom two sources confirmed to the Star Tribune will sign with the Vikings, is among familiar company even though he’s playing on his fifth different NFL team.
Forbath will replace kicker Blair Walsh, who was waived on Tuesday, and rejoins Vikings punter Jeff Locke and long snapper Kevin McDermott. The trio all played together during their college days at UCLA.
Forbath, 29, initially worked out for the Vikings last week. He was released in September by the New Orleans Saints in favor of undrafted rookie Will Lutz. Forbath was originally signed by New Orleans during the 2015 season to replace struggling kicker Zach Hocker, whom the Vikings also worked out last week.
Forbath made 33 of 34 extra-point attempts for the Saints in 10 games last season. The Sherman Oaks, Calif. native has made 84.1 percent of his career field goal attempts through four seasons since making his debut in 2012.
He converted 9 of 13 field goal attempts for the Saints last season, including a career-long 57 yard try.
Forbath has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins after going undrafted in 2011 out of UCLA.