The Minnesota Vikings have decided to part ways with kicker Blair Walsh on Tuesday after he missed his fourth extra point of the season in Sunday's Week 10 loss against Washington. He is making just 75% of his field goals this season.

Stunning fall from grace

After being drafted by the Vikings in 2012, Walsh immediately separated himself as one of the best kickers in the NFL. In his rookie season, he was named to the Pro Bowl and unseated longtime kicker Ryan Longwell in Minnesota. Since then, he's been one of the most consistent kickers in the game.

Just last season, he made 34 field goals, which was the most in the league for the 2015 season.

Things started falling apart quickly for Walsh at the end of the 2015 season. The Vikings played in their first playoff game since 2012, but were forced to play the Seattle Seahawks in devastatingly cold conditions. Walsh managed to make his first three field goal attempts, but the fourth hooked wide left, devastating Walsh and handing Seattle the 10-9 victory.

The Vikings opened a new, indoor stadium this season, but Walsh never seemed to entirely move past his most infamous moment as an NFL kicker.

Moving forward

For Minnesota, this was the culmination of weeks of questions surrounding the future of Blair Walsh on the roster. While the fault hardly lies with Walsh alone, the Vikings have seen their 5-0 start dissipate into a four-game losing streak, as the team has gone from being playoff-bound to hanging on to their postseason hopes for dear life. Injuries to their offensive line have been the bigger problem, but kickers are always scrutinized to a higher degree, so Walsh had to go.

Kai Forbath, who was one of several kickers invited to a tryout with the Vikings last week to ignite a fire under Walsh, will be signed to replace him, according to league sources. Forbath has played for several teams in his career, including four seasons with Washington; he's made 69 of 82 field goals in his career.

The Minnesota Vikings will look to get back on track this Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Cardinals.

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