Kicker carousel continues: Vikings sign Dan Bailey after waiving Daniel Carlson

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Dan Bailey, the second-most accurate field goal kicker in National Football League history, is a free agent after being released by the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago.

The Vikings were so close to defeating the Packers at Lambeau Field, but Daniel Carlson's missed field goal in overtime cost them the game.

Bailey was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and has a career-long field goal of 56 yards. Bailey kicked for Dallas from 2011-17 before he was released September 1 in a surprise move.

The Vikings can't let any more wins this season rest on the foot and mind of an inexperienced kicker who can't be relied on. Bailey has a 91.7 field-goal percentage in a dome and has not missed an extra point at home in 145 career attempts. He is 27 out of 40 on kicks 50 yards or longer. In the season opener against the 49ers on September 9, Carlson converted his only field goal attempt, from 48 yards, plus three extra points.

Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson reacts after missing a field goal in the final sends of overtime an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday Sept. 16 2018 in Green Bay Wis. The game ended in a 29-29 tie

The former sixth-round pick out of SMU back in 2011 has played for four organizations previously, including the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, and the San Francisco 49ers just last season.

Only Zane Gonzalez performed worse than Carlson: He missed two field goals and two PATs. You think you got a guy for a while and then he goes out and misses three in a big game. "But things happen, I guess". Minnesota is replacing the rookie with veteran kicker Dan Bailey, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Carlson lamented postgame that nerves likely played a role in missing his final kick.

"It's a chip shot", Zimmer said postgame. "We'll get some more sixth-rounders next year, I'm not anxious about that".

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