Vikings sign kicker Dan Bailey, waive receiver Stacy Coley

September 18, 2018

Dan Bailey became the Vikings next kicker on Tuesday.

The Vikings made the signing of the former Cowboys kicker official and in a corresponding roster move, waived second-year receiver Stacy Coley.

The Vikings brought Bailey for a visit and a physical on Monday. Bailey, who was released by the Cowboys on Sept. 1 in a salary cap move, was the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history during his seven seasons in Dallas, when he made 88.2 percent of his field goal attempts.

Bailey will replace Daniel Carlson, whom the Vikings released on Monday after the rookie missed three field goals in a 29-29 tie with the Packers on Sunday. The Vikings selected Carlson with the 167th pick in the draft in April, making him the highest-drafted kicker in team history, but let him go after just two games, in what coach Mike Zimmer said Monday was a fairly easy decision.

Carlson had beat out Kai Forbath in the preseason, becoming the Vikings third kicker in Zimmers five seasons as head coach. Now, Bailey will be the fourth.

Thats life, Zimmer said Monday. I dont know. Its hard to figure out. You think you got a guy for a while, and then he goes out and misses three in a big game. But things happen I guess.

Coley was a seventh-round draft pick out of Miami in 2017. Bothered periodically by injuries during his tenure, he played in six games.

The Vikings signed former San Francisco receiver Aldrick Robinson on Monday.

Also Tuesday, they made plans to re-sign defensive tackle Tom Johnson, who was released by Seattle on Saturday.

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