Dan Bailey – K
The Vikings’ kicking woes from 2018 are well documented. After Daniel Carlson melted down in Green Bay and cost the team a victory, they went out and signed Dan Bailey.
Bailey was far from perfect. He made just 21-of-28 field goal attempts and was 30-for-31 on extra point attempts last season. That’s not great at all.
The kicker free-agent market this offseason is a fat one. Some of the names on the open market are Robbie Gould, Jason Myers, Stephen Gostkowski, Sebastian Janikowski, Matt Bryant, Ka’imi Fairbairn, and of course Mike “The Nuge” Nugent.
With those names available, it makes no sense for Minnesota to bring back a kicker who was extremely unreliable, especially one whose kicking percentage was much lower than anyone else’s in that group.
With the Vikings being cap strapped, a few of these names might be too expensive. But surely they could grab a guy like Nugent or Janikowski and upgrade over Bailey at a cost that could be lower than what they’d spend to bring him back.
Bailey suffered a groin injury back in 2017 and maybe that is the reason for his decline in performance recently. Minnesota and their fans thought he was going to be the kicker to heal their longtime woes, but he just joined the long line of cursed Purple kickers.