Bailey is re-signing with the Vikings on a one-year, $1 million contract that maxes out at $2 million with incentives, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. With only $250,000 guaranteed, Bailey likely will face competition for the kicking job during training camp. His career field-goal percentage (86.6) is the fifth best in NFL history, but he's trending in the wrong direction after back-to-back seasons at exactly 75 percent. The 31-year-old missed five kicks in the 40-49 range last season, providing most of his value on extra points (30 of 31) and field goals under 40 yards (16 of 17). There will be better choices available at the end of fantasy drafts.
Bailey converted his sole field-goal attempt and made his only extra-point try during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bears. Bailey's only field-goal try of the day came from 45-yards. After being signed by the Vikings in Week 3, Bailey made 75 percent of field goals he attempted (21-for-28) and converted 96.7 percent of his extra-point tries (30-for-31). The veteran kicker is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but Bailey shouldn't have difficulty finding a starting job elsewhere in the league if he doesn't re-sign in Minnesota.
Bailey converted all three of his extra-point attempts and connected on field-goal tries of 24 and 29 yards during Sunday's 27-9 win over Detroit. Bailey looks to be getting back in the swing of things after a dreadful stretch from Weeks 12 through 14 during which he connected on just two of his six field-goal attempts. He's four for four since. The veteran kicker might be trending back up, but he's still relatively high risk and moderate reward. He remains among the league's least-accurate kickers, all the while only four of his 20 field goals this season have gone for over 40 yards, none in the past eight games.
Bailey converted both of his field goals and all five of his extra-point attempts during Sunday's 41-17 victory over Miami. Bailey entered Sunday's game struggling of late, missing four of his last six field goals. The 30-year-old veteran has converted just 72 percent of his kicks, making him hard to trust in fantasy formats.
Bailey had his only field-goal attempt blocked, but made his lone extra-point try in Monday night's 21-7 loss to the Seahawks. Bailey's scoring opportunities were limited by a sluggish Vikings offense. However, after Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner appeared to boost himself up to block Bailey's 47-yarder, his lone field-goal attempt still played a big part in the game's storyline. Controversy or not, Bailey has now missed four kicks over his last three appearances, no longer making him the model of consistency he once was.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||@Green Bay Packers||21||7.38|
|5||10/06||@New York Giants||30||8.63|
|9||11/03||@Kansas City Chiefs||7||6.39|
|15||12/16||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||6.44|
|16||12/24||Green Bay Packers||21||7.38|