NFL Rumors: Vikings Set for Competition at Kicker

The Vikings will have a healthy competition for their placekicker position throughout this upcoming preseason.

The team announced on Thursday that they have signed Gabe Brkic to a 3 year deal as an undrafted free agent. Brkic played his college football for the Oklahoma Sooners and acted as their primary placekicker for the last 3 consecutive seasons. In 2019 as a redshirt freshman Brkic completed all 17 of his attempts successfully and over the last 2 years he has made 20 of 26 attempts each season. 

Through his college career, Brkic only missed a single extra point as he made 159 of 160 attempts and he finished with an 82.6 percent success rate on field goals. Last year, Brkic also found himself as a finalist for the Lou Groza Award which is given to the NCAA's best kicker. Despite being undrafted, Brkic was widely regarded as one of the best kickers of the draft class this year and should be great competition for veteran Greg Joseph

Last season, Joseph served competently for the Vikings completing 33 of his 38 field goal attempts along with 36 out of a possible 40 extra points but he definitely did not do enough to cement his position without any competition this year. As a restricted free agent, Joseph recently signed a $2.43 million dollar deal but none of it is guaranteed which means if loses the job he can be cut by the Vikings without any financial ramifications to their salary cap.