After he passed the team’s physical, kicker Dan Bailey was officially signed by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday.
Bailey, 30, is the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history and was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 1 following a training-camp battle with Brett Maher. Bailey is Minnesota’s latest attempt to find consistency at kicker after released rookie fifth-round draft pick Daniel Carlson on Monday.
Carlson missed three field-goal attempts, including two in overtime, in Sunday’s 29-29 tie in Green Bay.
“That’s life,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday about being unable to find a long-term kicker. “I don’t know. It’s 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.”
Minnesota released receiver Stacy Coley to make room on the roster for Bailey. The Vikings had signed free-agent receiver Aldrick Robinson on Monday.
Zimmer called the decision to move on from Carlson “easy,” even after the team traded up to draft Carlson this summer.
Zimmer now gets Bailey, who has converted 186 of his 211 field-goal attempts in his career. The 88.2-percent mark ranks second in NFL history to Baltimore’s Justin Tucker.
Bailey had spent his entire career, seven seasons, in Dallas. He had converted 89.5 percent of his field-goal attempts through his first six seasons and had gone 100 percent on point-after attempts in that time while never missing a game.
But Bailey dealt with a groin injury last season and slipped to a career-low 75 percent on field-goal attempts. He was 15 of 20 on field-goal attempts and missed two point-after attempts on 28 tries. Bailey’s 834 career points are 13th most among active kickers.
RETURN OF JOHNSON
Reports say that defensive tackle Tom Johnson is also signing with Minnesota, but the team hasn’t announced the move.
Johnson was released after starting one game for Seattle this season. The Seahawks reportedly wanted to re-sign Johnson, but the Vikings swooped in to bring him back to Minnesota.
Johnson, 34, spent four seasons with the Vikings from 2014-17, starting 25 of the 62 games he played. He had 16 sacks in the four seasons and started 15 games last year for Minnesota.
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