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Vikings Announce Decision On Kicker For 2020 Season

Four Minnesota Vikings helmets sitting on the field.

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - MAY 3: Helmets belonging to the Minnesota Vikings are seen during a rookie minicamp on May 3, 2012 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

In 2019, the Minnesota Vikings deployed veteran kicker Dan Bailey as their primary placekicker. Despite a shaky 2018, he rewarded the Vikings with one of his best seasons.

But with Bailey a free agent heading into 2020, the Vikings had to make a decision on who will handle kicking next season. On Thursday, the Vikings announced that they have agreed to new contract terms with Dan Bailey.

That means Bailey will, in fact, get a third season with the team. This past year he went 27-of-29 and was 40-of-44 on extra points.

The Vikings first signed Bailey during the 2018 season after incumbent kicker Daniel Carlson missed three field goals in a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers. Carlson was cut the next day.

But Bailey had to earn his way back onto the Minnesota lineup after converting just 75-percent of his kicks in 2018. His 2019 play clearly warranted an extra year in the role.

Prior to joining the Vikings, Bailey was a seven-year starter for the Dallas Cowboys. From 2011 to 2017, Bailey went 186-of-211, and made the Pro Bowl in 2015.

But a groin injury in 2017 hampered Bailey the rest of season. He went on to convert just 75-percent of his kicks and missed the first extra points of his career. Bailey was released just before the start of the 2018 season.

But now it looks like Bailey is back on track towards being one of the NFL's top kickers.