Vikings sign Dan Bailey as kicker

Daniel Carlson

According to NFL.com, Minnesota is expected to add former Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey.

Head coach Mike Zimmer had previously stated his worries about Carlson after he missed two field goals during the team's third preseason game.

He said it was "an easy decision" to release him.

Bailey is the second-most accurate kicker in National Football League history, so it was only a matter of time before he joined a club that needed kicking enforcements. He missed four games for the Cowboys last season due to a groin injury.

Hopefully this'll be the end of the Vikings kicking woes, at least for field goals and extra points.

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. In the season opener against the 49ers on September 9, Carlson converted his only field goal attempt, from 48 yards, plus three extra points. "That's frustrating. That shorter one I should never miss like that". But that postseason berth didn't last long, thanks to the right leg of placekicker Blair Walsh and the now infamous 27-yard attempt.

Walsh was let go midway through the 2016 season in favor of Forbath, whose biggest trouble was extra points.

The move to release Coley comes as a bit of a surprise, but the 2017 seventh-round pick out of Miami has only appeared in six career games and if he wasn't able to supplant Laquon Treadwell (who had three drops on Sunday), that's telling.

"It's hard to figure out".

Apparently three means you're out of job. "But things happen I guess".

Minnesota traded up into the fifth round of the draft to select Carlson with the 167th pick in April, giving up two draft picks in the process.

"That's water off a duck's back", Zimmer said.

As a lifelong Vikings fan, I've come to realize that you have to look for silver linings during dark times, because that's really all we've had in the fifty plus years of this teams existence. "I'm not anxious about that".

The Vikings may be close to moving on from Treadwell, as it was also reported that the Vikes had signed receiver Aldrick Robinson, a receiver that they in for a workout earlier in September.

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