Forbath has signed with Minnesota. He'll take over placekicking duties from Blair Walsh, who was released Tuesday.
Forbath is expected to sign with the Vikings, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports. The Vikings are in need of a new kicker after releasing Blair Walsh on Tuesday, and it appears Forbath will be the man for the job. The team figures to confirm whether or not Forbath will officially join the roster in the near future.
The Saints have reportedly released Forbath, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. With the move, which follows the team parting ways with Connor Barth, Wil Lutz is now on track to open the season as the Saints' kicker.
After four preseason games, it's still unclear Forbath or Connor Barth will enter the season as the Saints' Week 1 starting kicker, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Both Barth and Forbath had only limited opportunities in preseason exhibitions. Forbath, the Saints' kicker for 10 games in 2015, was 3-for-4 on field goals, missing a 50-yarder in the preseason opener in New England. Barth was 2-for-2, but he didn't have a chance to make a 50-yarder as his longest attempt was from 40. Each kicker made his only extra point, and both were solid on kickoffs. Perhaps the team feels more comfortable with the incumbent Forbath, but it would also be hard to cut a guy like Barth considering he didn't miss. The Saints will have difficult decision to make when rosters are due this Saturday, and all fantasy owners can really do is take a wait-and-see approach.
The kicking competition between Forbath and Connor Barth is still "dead even," according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. Both players converted on their lone extra point attempts in Friday's preseason tilt against the Steelers. Forbath would appear to have the edge due to his incumbent status, but the starting gig remains firmly up for grabs entering the final week of the preseason. A miss or a clutch kick in Thursday's finale would probably sway the decision either way. The winner is not likely to be a top-five fantasy kicker due to the Saints' consistently high touchdown conversion rate in the red zone but should nonetheless be an above average option.
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