Dan Bailey won’t be missing any more kicks as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that it had released the veteran kicker, clearing $1.7 million in salary cap space for the 2021 season. The Vikings will take a $2.1 million cap hit in dead money.
The #Vikings have released K Dan Bailey.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 9, 2021
The Vikings signed kicker Greg Joseph to a one-year, $780,000 contract in February.
Bailey, 33, made 15-of-22 field-goal attempts and 37-of-43 extra points last year. He struggled late in the season, making only 5-of-10 field-goal attempts and 11-of-16 extra points in the final five games. Bailey’s low point came in the Vikings’ 26-14 loss at Tampa Bay on Dec. 13, when he missed all four of his kicks. That included three field-goal tries.
Nonetheless, Bailey’s agent tweeted that the Vikings attempted to keep Bailey for a fourth season.
Although the Vikings wanted to keep Dan Bailey, we were unable to agree to a renegotiated contract. They did not want to pay his current contract so he will be a free agent as of today.
— Jordan Woy (@JordanWoy) March 9, 2021