As I mentioned this morning when discussing Browns fans’ inability to send mean tweets to the correct Zane Gonzalez after their kicker failed in pure Cleveland Browns fashion, at least they didn’t trade up to draft a kicker this year like the Vikings did.
As you may or may not recall, the Vikings traded two sixth-round picks to move up to the fifth round of this year’s NFL Draft so they could take kicker Daniel Carlson out of Auburn.
Carlson was good enough to beat out incumbent Kai Forbath during the offseason, making the investment seem okay. However, he then proceeded to completely crap the bed in just his second game missing one field goal in regulation and two in overtime in the Vikings’ 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers.
Today, Carlson was cut by the Vikings and replaced with the second most accurate kicker in NFL history, Dan Bailey, who was just sitting around at home while kickers in the NFL went 39 of 51 on field goal attempts and 62 of 69 on extra points.
Bailey, who for some inexplicable reason, was released by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of preseason, has not played yet this year because team’s believed his asking price was too high.
That opinion quickly changed on Sunday for several teams including the Browns, Rams and Vikings.
During today’s press conference, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was asked why they cut their rookie kicker. His response was pretty savage (but true).