Forbath's tenure in Minnesota appears to be in jeopardy following the Vikings' selection of kicker Daniel Carlson in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Chris Tomasson of TwinCities.com reports. Forbath re-signed with Minnesota this offseason but the renewing of vows between the two could be short-lived. Newly acquired kicker Daniel Carlson is believed to be one best kickers in this year's draft class. Forbath's time in Minnesota could be up, but even if that's the case he'll likely kick for someone else next season.
The Vikings re-signed Forbath on Tuesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Forbath joined the Vikings in the aftermath of the Blair Walsh fiasco in 2016 and hasn't looked back, despite a challenge from Marshall Koehn in training camp last year. During 23 regular-season games with the team, Forbath has notched double-digit points nine times, powered by making 45 of 53 extra-point attempts and 47 of 53 field-goal tries. Assuming he upholds that standard in 2018, he should rank among the top 10 kickers backing up a Kirk Cousins-led offense.
Forbath converted 32 of 38 field-goal attempts and 34 of 39 PATs over 16 games in 2017. Though he finished top-10 in the league in terms of converted field goals, Forbath's 84.2 percent accuracy was just 18th-best leaguewide while his five missed PATs was tied for the most among all kickers. However, Forbath was among the better legs on kickoffs considering he finished as Pro Football Focus' 12th-highest-graded player in that category. He'll now be an unrestricted at the end of the league year, but the Vikings have made no indication they intend to re-sign the seven-year veteran.
Forbath made all three of his field-goal attempts (49, 20 and 27 yards) as well as his lone extra point in Saturday's 16-0 win over the Packers. Forbath's performance moved him into a tie for eighth in scoring with one game remaining.
Forbath converted field goals from 53 and 35 yards while making all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 34-7 win over the Bengals. Forbath has now scored 10 points in back-to-back games, bringing his season tally to 117, a mark that ranks seventh leaguewide.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||San Francisco 49ers||23||7.94|
|2||09/16||@Green Bay Packers||26||8.25|
|4||09/28||@Los Angeles Rams||11||7.06|
|7||10/21||@New York Jets||8||6.44|
|8||10/29||New Orleans Saints||19||7.67|
|12||11/26||Green Bay Packers||26||8.25|
|13||12/02||@New England Patriots||7||6.26|