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Kaare Vedvik Provides Interesting Trade Conversation

May 07, 2019 - 9:22 am
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By Joe Schiller

As the offseason progresses for the Baltimore Ravens, a player to keep an eye on is second-year kicker Kaare Vedvik.

Vedvik signed with the Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Marshall University in 2018 and stood out in the preseason. He went 7-of-8 from field goal range, including a 56-yard kick, and showed off impressive skills as a punter. 

After a strong preseason, Vedvik was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list in September after suffering injuries related to an assault in downtown Baltimore. Now healthy and back to training, Vedvik could likely be moved in a trade this offseason. 

"I fully expect that he’ll kick well enough for us to trade him," Head Coach John Harbaugh told reporters in late March. That’s kind of, I would say, the goal. Now, if something changes, it’s always competitive. You never know. Watch out Tuck. But I think we’re really set with our specialists. Obviously, we’re not looking to make a change there in all seriousness. But he’s capable of kicking in the NFL. We probably could have traded him last year.”

The Ravens already have the NFL's most accurate kicker in Justin Tucker, who recently inked a four-year $20 million extension. Tucker has provided rare continuity at one of the least secure positions in the game and there's always a need at kicker. As the offseason progresses through OTAs and training camp, I wouldn't be surprised to see Vedvik garner interest, enough where the Ravens could move him for a late-round draft pick. 

When I posed the possibility of a trade on Twitter, some fans brought up the possibility of trading/cutting Sam Koch and making Vedvik the primary punter. At this point, I just don't see that happening. Koch is 36-years-old, but still has two years remaining left on his current contract. Punter is a position that generally takes minimal hits and allows players to play late into their careers. 

Koch is still playing at a high level, in my opinion, and he's also served as the primary holder for Tucker on field goals and extra points. It's an under-appreciated aspect that can play a huge role in a kicker's success. 

Here's what Koch had to say about it in a question and answer with Ryan Mink on BaltimoreRavens.com.

“You have to be confident with your hands, have great skill in that you have to be able to catch the ball well and spin it so it’s just the way Tucker wants it," Koch said. "Coupled with that, you have to have a great snapper. If you don’t have a great snapper like we do with Morgan, then that holder has to do a lot more. I basically sit back there and put the ball down because the laces are already there. It’s something that we work on every day and we want that to have the repetition of a punt or whatever else we do.”

Even with a strong showing from Vedvik, I just don't think the Ravens are going to break up the continuity of "The Wolfpack."