But the veteran, who was surprisingly cut by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month, has a new job.
With a roster built for the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings were in no position to practice patience with a struggling kicker.
Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman did what he had no choice but to do on Monday, releasing kicker Daniel Carlson after Sunday's awful performance in which he missed three field goals, costing them a win.
Dr. John Tauer, a sports psychologist at the University of St. Thomas says missed field goals have haunted Vikings fans for so many years, it's easy to lose confidence in a kicker like Carlson.
Carlson missed field goals from 48, 49 and 35 yards in the Vikings' 29-29 overtime tie against the Packers.
In Bailey, the Vikings receive the second most accurate kicker in the history of the National Football League (remember, silver linings)! Carlson didn't just look bad; he cost the team a win in the final minutes.
Vikings cut rookie Carlson after 3 missed FGs, target Bailey
According to NFL.com, Minnesota is expected to add former Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey. Blair Walsh never fully recovered from his 27-yard miss in the subzero cold of the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 season.
So Zimmer and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman swung for the fences in April's draft.
It's easy to see why the Vikings drafted Carlson out of Auburn.
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