Vikings waive Stacy Coley to make room for Dan Bailey

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Stacy Coley
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Stacy Coley /

The second-year wide receiver is the odd-man-out after the Minnesota Vikings officially announced the signing Dan Bailey on Tuesday.

Monday was a busy day for the Minnesota Vikings as they waived kicker Daniel Carlson and replaced him with veteran Dan Bailey. While that move equated out for a simple one-to-one equation, the Vikings also signed wide receiver Aldrick Robinson and have reportedly agreed to bring back defensive tackle Tom Johnson.

With more talent coming in than going out, Minnesota had to make a roster move once Bailey passed his physical. That move came on Tuesday afternoon when the team announced they have waived second-year wide receiver Stacy Coley.

Coley was a 2017 seventh-round pick out of Miami and had an impressive preseason for the Vikings last August. Billed as a deep threat with his 4.45 40-yard dash time at the combine, that talent never materialized once the games started to matter.

In six career games, Coley did not make a reception and he has just one kick return for 19 yards to his name. Coley also spent most of this preseason nursing a groin injury, but he made the 2018 roster thanks to a late surge.

Even with the addition of Robinson, Minnesota is still looking for quality receiver depth behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Laquon Treadwell has occupied the third receiver spot, but the results haven’t been there for him despite scoring his first NFL touchdown in a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.

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With the announcement of Coley’s departure, Vikings receivers Brandon Zylstra and possibly Chad Beebe (who is currently on the practice squad) could be looking at some more playing time in the near future.