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3 kickers that would have been better options than Badgley

NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio #2 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after making a field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) )
NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio #2 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after making a field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) )
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SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 18: Kicker Kai Forbath #2 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 18: Kicker Kai Forbath #2 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Kai Forbath

Kai Forbath had a firm grip on the kicking job of the Minnesota Vikings but the team traded up in the fifth round of this year’s draft in order to select Daniel Carlson.

Carlson won the kicking competition this summer but just three weeks into the season, the Vikings released him when he put forth a terrible effort against the Green Bay Packers. But instead of bringing Forbath back into the fold, the team signed veteran Dan Bailey.

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Forbath is sitting at home watching games at the moment, but he has made 85.9 percent of his career field goal attempts. Though it might catch you off guard, that ranks at No. 10 on the league’s all-time list in terms of kicking percentage.

Forbath has made 11 career 50-yard field goals, including six last season. He’s kicked in many different environments as he has spent time with the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints in addition to the Vikings.

He could kick in sunny L.A., right?

Forbath is currently watching games from his couch, but he’s just 31 years old and has a strong leg. He’s probably a better option than either of the guys on the Chargers’ roster.

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