Sources say Vikings, Bailey have come to terms to replace Carlson

Harrison Smith on WCCO: "It's the business of the NFL"

Adam Carter
September 17, 2018 - 1:53 pm

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman didn't wait long to make a decision about the kicking situation.

The Vikings have waived rookie kicker Daniel Carlson, and multiple sources report the team has come to terms with veteran kicker Dan Bailey.

"It's the business of the NFL," said Vikings safety Harrison Smith during his weekly radio show on WCCO Radio. "You've always got to be prepared when your number is called. Always be in the playbook, ready to go, no matter what position you're playing. I obviously feel for Daniel, but that's the nature of the NFL."

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Carlson missed three field goal attempts during Sunday's 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers, including a 35-yard attempt in the final seconds of overtime that would have won the game.  The move to release him is significant, as Spielman moved up in April's draft to get Carlson in the fifth round, the highest the Vikings have ever drafted a kicker.  Carlson was given the kicking job during training camp when the team released Kai Forbath.

To replace Carlson, the Vikings will look to veteran Dan Bailey.  The NFL Network is reporting that the former Cowboys kicker will join the Vikings.

Bailey was released by the Cowboys earlier this month.  In seven seasons with Dallas, Bailey made 88% of his field goals, and earned Pro Bowl status in 2015. 

Statistics show he's the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history behind Baltimore's Justin Tucker. The numbers also show Bailey is coming off the worst season in his career.