Vikings release K Dan Bailey

The Minnesota Vikings have released kicker Dan Bailey, the team announced on Tuesday. 

The 33-year-old Bailey was not very good in 2020. Bailey was 15/22 on field goals, including missing four kicks(one extra point) in a loss to the Buccaneers. Last March, Bailey signed a three-year, $10 million deal with the Vikings. 

Before the 2020 season, Bailey was the sixth-most accurate kicker in NFL history, converting 87.3 percent of his career field-goal attempts.

The 10-year veteran spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Cowboys before signing with Minnesota in 2018. 

Vikings’ Mike Zimmer reacts to Dan Bailey’s struggles against Tampa Bay(VIDEO)

Forecasting NFL kickers can be very tricky. Some years they are in a groove and can’t miss, and other times, they get in a funk and can’t make a kick. At this point, Vikings K Dan Bailey is in a funk.

Last week against Jacksonville, Bailey missed one field goal and two extra points, and on Sunday against Tampa Bay, Bailey missed three field goals and one extra point, and ultimately, Minnesota would lose a big game to the Buccaneers 26-14.

After the game, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer seemed miffed about Bailey’s struggles and will decide what to do with Bailey going forward.

‘I don’t know what those struggles were,” Zimmer said. “He pulled one to the left and missed three to the right. So, we’ll have to decide that moving forward.”

At this point, Zimmer is not interested in Bailey’s feelings.

“At this point time in time, we’re not really worried about feelings anymore,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer has a lot of respect for Bailey, and he made that clear after the loss to Tampa Bay.

“I have a lot of faith in him,” he said. “I have a lot of confidence in him, but these last two weeks have not been good, so I love the kid. He’s a great kid. He’s very even-natured. I don’t know.”

Bailey was not the only reason the Vikings lost on Sunday, but missing four kicks is inexcusable, so it should be interesting to see what Minnesota does next in the kicking game.

Watch below as Zimmer talks Bailey:

Vikings re-sign K Dan Bailey

The Vikings and Dan Bailey have a agreed to terms on a new contract, the team announced today.

According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, it’s a one-year, $1 million deal, and $2 million max with incentives.

Bailey originally signed with the club on September 18, 2018.

Bailey finished his first season in Minnesota making 21-of-28 field goal attempts and 30-of-31 point after attempts.

The ninth-year kicker out of Oklahoma State is the fifth-most accurate kicker in NFL history, converting 86.6 percent of his career field goals (207/239). The former Dallas Cowboy has appeared in 122 career games and has connected on 11 career game-winning field goals.

Vikes’ Zimmer on Bailey signing: ‘If we can get that position solidified like we have with the QB, I think that’ll be good’

The Minnesota Vikings have championship aspirations in 2018. After the season they had in 2017(Lost in NFC title game ), and with the signing of Kirk Cousins, the Vikings are looking to get to the Super Bowl.

Last Sunday was a rough one for Minnesota. With two chances to beat the Packers in OT at Lambeau, their former kicker Daniel Carlson missed two makeable field goals, and unfortunately for the Vikings, the game would end in a 29-29 tie.

Knowing that they needed a more reliable kicker, the Vikings released Carlson on Monday, and signed former Cowboys K Dan Bailey on Tuesday, who happens to be the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history.

With the signing of Cousins in the offseason and the addition of Bailey this week, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer believes Minnesota is in good shape at the QB position and in the kicking game.

“This guy has been a really good kicker. Hopefully, he’s really, really good for us,” Zimmer said about Bailey on Wednesday. “I kind of feel the same way about him as I did with the quarterback position. Somebody asked me the other day about the five years I’ve been here we’ve been trying to get that position solidified, so if we can get that position solidified like we have with the quarterback I think that’ll be good.”

Cousins showed a lot last week against the Packers, especially in that fourth quarter when he led the Vikings back and helped send the game to OT.

Moving forward with Bailey, the Vikings should be okay in the kicking game, and with Cousins, the Vikings might be okay at the quarterback position.

 

Vikings sign K Dan Bailey

The Minnesota Vikings officially sign K Dan Bailey on Tuesday. Bailey joins the Vikings after being released by the Cowboys in early September. On Monday, the Vikings released K Daniel Carlson after he missed three field goals against the Packers on Sunday.

Bailey has converted 186 of 211 field goal attempts (88.2%) throughout his career, making him the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history. Bailey has also converted 276 of 278 career PAT attempts (99.2%) and registered 296 touchbacks on 549 kickoffs (53.5%).

Despite missing four games with a groin injury, Bailey finished the 2017 season with 71 points, going 15-for-20 on field goals and 26-for-28 on PATs. A Pro Bowler in 2015, Bailey was also named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team in 2011 after converting 32-of-37 field goal attempts and all 39 of his PAT tries as a rookie. His 834 career points scored are the 13th most among active kickers.