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Why Re-signing Dan Bailey was a good move

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By: Ethan Wiens
March 20, 2019
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Why did the Vikings sign him?

The Vikings have never had a very strong and consistent kicker so they drafted Daniel Carlson in the 5th round of the 2018 draft to compete against Kai Forbath, who was a little rocky the year before. During off-season Daniel Carlson was doing an amazing job so the Vikings gave him the starting job and cut Kai Forbath, but in Week 3 of the regular season Carlson missed all 3 of his field goals including the game winner as time expired against the Green Bay Packers ending in a tie. With the bad game against Green Bay Carlson was cut later that week leaving the Vikings without a kicker which led to them signing Dan Bailey.

College Background

Bailey walked-on at the University of Arkansas, but later lost the starting spot the the teams starting kicker. Dan Bailey spent a year out of college before joining Oklahoma State in 2007, where he excelled in college and even won the Lou Groza award for the nation's best kicker during the 2010 season.

Time with the Cowboys

Bailey joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and won the starting kicking position. He left the Cowboys as the second most accurate kicker in league history, making 88.2% off his attempted field goals and hold the team record for career field goals with 185. He was selected into the pro bowl in 2015 and was also named a second-team All-Pro selection that same season. He has only missed extra point attempts in his career and has three seasons where he has hit just over 93% of his field goals attempts.

Why this Re-sign makes sense

The vikings had success with him last season so there wasn't really a reason to let him go when he wasn't asking for an extreme amount of money and is pretty consistent. If Bailey is able to keep up with what he was doing last season than I expect he is going to be used more often.

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  1. And i would not be surprised to see another 5th round draft pick for a K if we can get 3-4 OL in the rounds ahead.