The Vikings have found a dependable and solid kicker in Blair Walsh, and don’t plan on him leaving the team anytime soon.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports today that Walsh has come to agreement on a new extension with the team, one that will keep him with the Vikings for four more years – a deal worth up to $14 million.
Vikings gave kicker Blair Walsh a 4-year extension worth up to $14 million, including $5.25 million guaranteed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 26, 2015
Here’s the official presser from the Vikings:
Mankato, MN (July 26, 2015) – The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Blair Walsh has signed a contract extension with the club. Walsh had the best debut by a kicker in NFL history, setting an NFL record with 10 consecutive FGs of 50 yards in a season (2012) and 3 of 50 yards in a game (at St. Louis, 12/16/12). He tied the Vikings record for longest FG with a 56-yarder (at Houston, 12/23/12). Walsh started his career 12-12 on 50 yard FGs, an NFL record. For his career, Walsh has 17 FGs of 50 yards which is tied with Phil Dawson (SF/Cle) for the most in the NFL during that 3-year span (2012-14). The 17 FGs of 50 yards are the most in team history. The former Georgia Bulldog has connected on 3 game-winning FGs (9/9/12 vs. Jacksonville, 12/30/12 vs. Green Bay, 12/1/13 vs. Chicago) in his young career. His game-winning FG vs. Green Bay sent the Vikings to the 2012 playoffs. Walsh earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 2012. His 141 points in 2012 was the most by any rookie in team history and 2nd most in NFL history to Kevin Butler who has 144 points in 1985. Walsh was drafted in the 6th round (#175) in 2012 and was the 3rd kicker selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old Boca Raton, FL native is entering his 4th NFL season.
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings moving forward. I’d like to thank Rick Spielman, the Wilf family, Coach Zimmer, Coach Priefer and Rob Brzezinski for giving me this opportunity. I’m proud to be able to stay with the team that drafted me coming out of college and I look forward to what is in store for the future of this organization.” – Blair Walsh
“Blair has been a vital part of our special teams success since we drafted him and we felt it was very important to secure his future with our organization. His consistency on kickoffs and on long range field goals can help change the game for our team and we’re excited for his future here in Minnesota. This extension stays true to our philosophy of drafting young talent, developing them in our system and rewarding their success.” – Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman