Things to Know About New Vikings K Dan Bailey

Things to Know About New Vikings K Dan Bailey

He became one of the greatest kickers in college history, never missing an extra point in almost two hundred attempts and set the SEC scoring record with 480 points.

Minnesota is waiving rookie Daniel Carlson, whose performance on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers led the Vikings to pursue Bailey.

Head coach Mike Zimmer was asked whether parting ways with Carlson after his nightmare day was a hard decision to make during his Monday presser.

The 30-year-old had to deal with a groin injury for most of last season but has a career field-goal average of 88.2 - just behind Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker.

Bailey spent seven seasons with the Cowboys (2011-17) and was released by Dallas on September 1, 2018. "But things happen, I guess".

Bailey has made 97 of 99 extra point attempts since the National Football League moved the kick to a 33-yard distance in 2015. He has also made 276-of-278 extra point attempts, and collected 296 touchbacks on 549 kickoffs.

Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson reacts after missing a field goal in the final sends of overtime an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday Sept. 16 2018 in Green Bay Wis. The game ended in a 29-29 tie
Vikings cut rookie Carlson after 3 missed FGs, target Bailey

Carlson was awarded the job when the Vikings let Kai Forbath go on August 20, and Carlson pulled two field-goal tries wide left in an exhibition game four days later. He scored 130 points during the regular season and hit three field goals against the Saints to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game, including a 49- and 53-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Even though the Vikings spent a fifth-round selection on Carlson, they couldn't afford costly mistakes in crucial showdowns.

"It's a chip shot", Zimmer said postgame. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bailey turned down four other job offers. "We'll get some more sixth-rounders next year, I'm not anxious about that".

The Vikings signed wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, a seventh-year veteran who was most recently with San Francisco and played with quarterback Kirk Cousins in Washington in 2012 and 2013.

"Cousins was with him before and he really liked him", Zimmer said.

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