Vikings announce they are releasing K Dan Bailey

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It’s that time of year where teams around the league are making adjustments to their roster in an attempt to get under the salary cap. Last week the Vikings parted ways with long-time tight end Kyle Rudolph and announced on Tuesday that they are releasing their kicker. 

Dan Bailey seemed like a good signing in 2018 after he proved to be one of the most accurate kickers in league history during his time with Dallas. He had his ups and downs in Minnesota but his performance in 2020 was the worst of his career. 

According to Bailey made 15 of his 22 attempts, or just over 68 percent. To put that number into perspective, the closest he’s come to that mark over his ten-year career was 75 percent in 2018. 

On top of a career low percentage at field goals, Bailey also struggled with extra points making only 86 percent of his PATs. 

The Vikings need as much help as they can get in terms of getting under the salary cap and the release of Bailey frees up $1.7 million. 

Some Vikings fans tend to believe that no matter who the kicker is, the team has some sort of underlying curse that negates the position from ever being successful. As it sits now, Greg Joseph is next in line for a position that has struggled to find success here in Minnesota. 

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