Vikings release kicker Daniel Carlson, reportedly will sign Dan Bailey

September 17, 2018

The Vikings have a new kicker.

Eight-year veteran Dan Bailey will sign with the Vikings on Monday, according to NFL Media, after the team waived rookie kicker Daniel Carlson, a league source told the Star Tribune.

Carlson, a fifth-round pick, missed three field goals, including a game-winning 35-yard attempt in overtime, during the Vikings 29-29 tie in Green Bay on Sunday.

Bailey, 30, was released by the Cowboys on Sept. 1 in a move that saved Dallas a few million dollars by keeping a Canadian Football League journeyman, Brett Maher, over him. Bailey is currently the second most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history having converted 88.1 percent of his career attempts, behind only Baltimores Justin Tucker (90.3 percent).

Statistically, Bailey is coming off his worst season in 2017 when he made 15 of 20 field goal attempts and 26 of 28 extra-point tries. He missed four games for the Cowboys last season due to a groin injury.

Bailey has kicked in three playoff games, making four of six field goal attempts and all eight extra points. One of his misses, in a 2014 NFC Divisional Round loss to the Packers, was blocked.

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