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Packers sign former Vikings kicker Greg Joseph to provide competition for Anders Carlson

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Veteran kicker Greg Joseph has signed with the Green Bay Packers after spending the past three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Packers announced the Joseph signing on Thursday. His arrival provides competition for Anders Carlson, who struggled with consistency as a rookie kicker last season.

Joseph, 29, went 24 of 30 on field-goal attempts last season while going 3 of 6 from 40 to 49 yards and 4 of 7 from at least 50 yards. He was 36 of 38 on extra-point attempts.

For his career, Joseph has made 82.6% (100 of 121) of his field-goal attempts and 90.1% of his extra-point tries (146 of 162 in 67 regular-season games. That includes a career-long field goal of 61 yards.

Joseph played 14 games with the Cleveland Browns in 2018 and two games with the Tennessee Titans in 2019. He had been the Vikings’ main kicker since 2021.

Now he gets to compete with Carlson, a 2023 fifth-round draft pick from Auburn.

Carlson made 81.8% (27 of 33) of his field-goal attempts during the regular season, but was just 4 of 8 from 40 to 49 yards and 3 of 5 from at least 50 yards. He also was 34 of 39 on extra-point attempts.

Carlson missed an extra-point attempt in the Packers’ 48-32 wild-card playoff victory at Dallas and missed a 41-yard field goal in their 24-21 NFC divisional playoff loss at San Francisco.

The Packers also have signed kicker Jack Podlesny since the end of their season. Podlesny played college football at Georgia and hasn't appeared in an NFL game.

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