The promise of a strong leg and the expensive draft capital acquire him wasn't enough to save rookie kicker Daniel Carlson after he missed three field-goal attempts, including two in overtime, for the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday's 29-29 tie at Green Bay.
Minnesota waived Carlson, the kicker it traded up to draft in the fifth round this year, on Monday.
"Yeah, it was pretty easy," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said of the decision.
Multiple reports say Minnesota is signing free-agent kicker Dan Bailey, the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history, but Zimmer would only say that Bailey is coming in for a physical.
"We’ll see if we sign him or not," Zimmer said.
Regardless of Bailey's status, the Vikings will need a kicker after making the dramatic decision to release Carlson.
Minnesota made Carlson the highest-drafted kicker in team history this year and traded a pair of picks to select him with the 167th overall pick in the draft out of Auburn. Carlson missed two field-goal attempts in the preseason in the game after the Vikings released incumbent Kai Forbath.
The 6-foot-4 rookie made his only field-goal attempt in Week 1's win against San Francisco at home, but he missed wide right from 48, 49 and 35 yards in Lambeau Field on Sunday against the rival Packers.
Carlson's final miss from 35 yards came as time expired in overtime, leading to the tie.
"That’s life," Zimmer said of the constant kicking issues during his time as Minnesota's coach. "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."
ADDING A RECEIVER
In a corresponding move on Monday, Minnesota signed wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. Robinson, 29, was released by San Francisco in August right before the regular-season roster cutdown date.
Robinson had worked out for the Vikings on Sept. 7.
"Well (quarterback Kirk) Cousins was with him before, and he really liked him," Zimmer said. "He’s a fast guy, makes some deep ball plays. Kirk throws a great deep ball, as you saw the other day."
Robinson's arrival comes after Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings' third receiver, dropped a pair of passes in Sunday's game, including one that ended up in an interception late in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings will be Robinson's fifth NFL team in six seasons. Robinson caught 19 of his 48 targets in 16 games for the 49ers last season.
"We’re going to see how he does, how he performs here in practice and then go from there," Zimmer said of Robinson.
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