Dan Bailey's new contract with the #Vikings is for three years. So that's some kicking stability they hope moving forward.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 19, 2020
The Vikings have finally eased all of our worries with their latest move in this busy offseason. Is this real life? They signed Dan Bailey to kick field goals for 3 years. So, 3 Vikings seasons not worried about every field goal and extra point???.
No fanbase worries more about special teams than the Vikings’ fanbase…. and for good reasons (we don’t need to get into them right now).
Training Camp last year was absurd. “Sure, Kirk Cousins needs to be better and our O-line needs to start protecting him….. BUT WHO IS GOING TO KICK FIELD GOALS?”
Not this year. In 2020, the Vikings will have the same kicker, holder and punter, as they did last year. Britton Colquitt was brought in to do the two ladder of those three special teams tasks, and the Vikings just re-upped him earlier this week.
Also, Dan Bailey might be the first kicker I’ve ever seen Mike Zimmer say anything nice about… which has to count for something.
When the money on the deal comes in, I’ll update this post.
Here are some stats on Dan Bailey in 2019 (via Vikings.com release):
Having originally signed with the Vikings after Week 2 of the 2018 season, Bailey has since played 30 games (excluding postseason) for Minnesota and has made 48 of 57 (84.2 percent) field goal attempts in that span. He has gone 70-for-75 (93.3 percent) on PATs.
Bailey in 2019 ranked fourth in the NFL with a 93.1 field goal percentage, making 27 of 29 attempts, including all three of his attempts from 50-plus yards. He also was perfect on three field goals and three PATs over the course of Minnesota’s pair of playoff games.
He recorded touchbacks on 66 of his 87 kickoffs for the Vikings last season.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan