With a roster built for the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings were in no position to practice patience with a struggling kicker.
Carlson was cut after missing three field goals in the Vikings' 29-29 tie with the Packers on Sunday.
Bailey has made 186 of 211 field-goal attempts, an accuracy greater than 88 percent that trails only Baltimore's Justin Tucker. After his first field goal attempt in OT sailed wide right, Minnesota went back to Carlson to kick a 35-yard would-be victor. He missed four games for the Cowboys last season due to a groin injury.
Carlson then missed his third field goal of the game, wide-right for the third time as well. One of his misses, in a 2014 NFC Divisional Round loss to the Packers, was blocked.
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Coley, who was in his second season with the Vikings, played in six games and didn't have any catches. "It's hard to figure out", Zimmer said. "But, you know, things happen, I guess".
The Vikings drafted Blair Walsh in the sixth round in 2012 and watched him become an All-Pro as a rookie, so general manager Rick Spielman sent two sixth-round picks to the New York Jets just to move up in the fifth round for Carlson in search of similar returns.
"Nah, that's water off a duck's back", Zimmer said.
To make room for Bailey, the Vikings waived wide receiver Stacy Coley.
"He really liked him".