With a favorable matchup coming up this weekend against the Bills, the Vikings will have their first chance to see if they made the correct choice at kicker.
Carlson was awarded the job when the Vikings let Kai Forbath go on August 20, and Carlson pulled two field goal tries wide left in a preseason game four days later. Zimmer responded Monday, when asked about waiving the former Auburn kicker.
Bailey has kicked in three playoff games, making four of six field goal attempts and all eight extra points.
He said it was "an easy decision" to release him.
Bailey joined the Cowboys in 2011 and made 188 of 211 field goals, 88.2 percent, making him the second-most accurate kicker in National Football League history.
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Carlson was awarded the job when the Vikings let Kai Forbath go on August 20, and Carlson pulled two field-goal tries wide left in an exhibition game four days later.
Carlson missed one in regular time and two more in overtime.
Then came the debacle at Lambeau Field, after which Carlson acknowledged he'd lost some faith in his ability upon lining up for his last try. "Rick and I will sit down and we'll talk about it", Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Walsh was let go midway through the 2016 season in favor of Forbath, whose biggest trouble was extra points.
He played nearly 68 percent of Minnesota's defensive snaps in 2017, helping the Vikings lead the league in points allowed per game, yards allowed per game and opponents' third-down percentage. He had one target on Sunday at Green Bay. But all the leg strength in the world won't make up for any setbacks on the mental side of this pressure-packed job. I was concerned that it'd take a few weeks for Cousins and company to get on the same page and because of that, and how rough their early season schedule was, they'd end up digging a hole they might not be able to get out of.
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