MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings cleared more salary cap dwelling by cutting kicker Dan Bailey on Tuesday, retaining their carousel of consultants spinning for but one more season.
Bailey ranked closing in the league in 2020 in discipline needs (68.2 percent) and extra aspects (86.0 percent), among kickers who appeared in 10 or more video games. Each and every of those had been career lows, by a ways. The 10-300 and sixty five days extinct overlooked 5 discipline needs and 5 extra aspects over the closing 5 video games, placing his job in jeopardy.
The cross affords the Vikings a $1.7 million financial savings on their cap this season. They’ll elevate a tiresome money fee of $2.1 million, for the final word prorated parts of the signing bonus they gave Bailey a 300 and sixty five days ago. There had been two seasons left on that deal.
“Even supposing the Vikings wanted to preserve Dan Bailey, we had been unable to comply with a renegotiated contract. They didn’t are searching to pay his present contract so he’s going to be a free agent as of today,” agent Jordan Woy mentioned on Twitter.
The Vikings got a soar originate closing month on the change belief for Bailey by signing Greg Joseph off the follow squad of Mountainous Bowl champion Tampa Bay. Joseph, a native of South Africa, kicked in 14 video games for Cleveland in 2018 and two video games for Tennessee in 2019.
Whether or no longer they race with Joseph or one more particular person they haven’t signed, the Vikings can beget a fifth kicker below coach Mike Zimmer, who has begun his eighth season.
Bailey, who became released by Dallas on the pause of practising camp in 2018 with what became then the 2nd-ultimate career discipline-plan percentage in NFL history, kicked in 46 video games for Minnesota. He became picked to be triumphant Daniel Carlson, a fifth-spherical draft take who became impulsively dumped after missing three discipline needs in his 2nd long-established-season game — including two in beyond regular time all through a tie with Inexperienced Bay. Kai Forbath (23 video games) and Blair Walsh (41 video games) preceded them.
Bailey now ranks 12th all time in discipline needs at 85.9 percent.
Particular teams struggles for the Vikings beget transcended the kickers, too. Zimmer, who recently promoted Ryan Ficken to be his third special teams coordinator after letting Marwan Maalouf’s contract expire, has had four varied punters and 5 varied lengthy snappers over his first seven seasons. Handiest one among those changes became made for shatter. The leisure had been due to performance or designate.
Final week, the Vikings released tight pause Kyle Rudolph to function a chunk more than $5 million of room below the cap. More extinct cuts would possibly well very smartly be coming sooner than free agency begins on March 17.
More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL