Vikings hire ex-NFL vet Kaeding as part-time kicking coach

Published 6:02 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2019

EAGAN — The Minnesota Vikings have hired nine-year NFL veteran Nate Kaeding as a part-time kicking coach.

Kaeding, a two-time Pro Bowl pick with the San Diego Chargers, has begun working with Vikings specialists this spring. He’s been at the practice facility a couple of times per week, with electronic communication between visits. Coach Mike Zimmer said he anticipates Kaeding returning for training camp, and he left open the possibility of eventually creating a full-time role.

The Vikings have struggled to find kicker stability since Zimmer arrived in 2014. New special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf called Kaeding “another set of eyes” for him.

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Since last playing in the league in 2012, Kaeding has worked in business development in and around his hometown of Iowa City, Iowa, where he also kicked in college.