Jaguars release kicker Kai Forbath
The NFL offseason is starting to heat up, and the Jaguars are the latest team to make a move. Jacksonville is cutting kicker Kai Forbath, according to Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union.
The Jaguars recently signed kicker Josh Lambo to a four-year extension with a lot of guaranteed money, so there was no need to keep Forbath around.
Forbath was signed toward the end of the season after Lambo got hurt. He ended up kicking in three games for the fledgling Jaguars, connecting on four of his five field goal attempts and all three of his extra points. He had spent the majority of the year out of the league after the Vikings cut him back in August. He was lights out for Minnesota in seven games during the 2016 season, which earned him the full-time job in 2017. He regressed significantly and missed six field goals and five extra points.
The team opted to go with rookie Daniel Carlson to start last season, leaving him out of a job. Forbath originally entered the league as an undrafted back in 2011 and has spent time with the Cowboys, Buccaneers, Redskins, and Saints in addition to the Vikings and Jaguars.
A true journeyman kicker, Forbath has always been fairly accurate but lacks the big leg that most teams are craving in today’s NFL. Kicker was the least of Jacksonville’s many concerns last year, and with Lambo locked up the position should be settled for the foreseeable future.
As for Forbath, he’ll likely resurface somewhere this offseason in a training camp kicking competition.