5 Things to Know About New Vikings K Dan Bailey

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings changed up their special teams unit on Tuesday by signing kicker Dan Bailey.

The roster move came after the Vikings released kicker Daniel Carlson, who was a fifth-round pick in 2018.

Bailey was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and has a career-long field goal of 56 yards.

Bailey spent seven seasons with the Cowboys (2011-17) and was released by Dallas on Sept. 1, 2018.

Here are five things to know about the newest Minnesota Viking:

1. Accuracy

Bailey has made 186 of 211 career field goals, good for an accuracy rate of 88.2 percent. That is the second-best percentage by an NFL kicker in league history.

Bailey has made 154 of 166 field goals (92.7 percent) from 49 or fewer yards in his career. He is 27 out of 40 on kicks 50 yards or longer.

2. Nearly perfect

Bailey has made 97 of 99 extra point attempts since the NFL moved the kick to a 33-yard distance in 2015.

3. A former Cowboy

The 30-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Cowboys and played in 108 career games. Dallas opted to keep former Canadian Football League kicker Brett Maher after the 2018 preseason.

4. A former Cowboy (x2)

Bailey played collegiately at Oklahoma State from 2007 to 2010. He made 57 of 72 career field goals for the Cowboys and was successful on 199 of 201 extra points. Bailey won the Lou Groza Award for college football’s top kicker after kicking 24 of 28 field goals and 65 of 66 extra points in 2010.

5. Prep star

In addition to earning all-state honors while playing 8-man football at Southwest Covenant School, Bailey was a state champ in golf and graduated as valedictorian of his class.

View images of Vikings new kicker Dan Bailey in photos from his days with the Dallas Cowboys.

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