On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings made official one of the moves that we first mentioned to you on Monday, and the corresponding move comes as a bit of a surprise.
Minnesota has officially added kicker Dan Bailey to the roster. Bailey, who currently stands as the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history, was the kicker for the Dallas Cowboys from 2011 to 2017, but was released during the final cutdowns this preseason because, well, Jerry Jones wanted to get his kicker on the cheap. He’s apparently passed his physical and joined the Vikings on a one-year deal.
To make room for Bailey, since the team cut Daniel Carlson yesterday, the Vikings waived second-year wide receiver Stacy Coley. Coley, a seventh-round pick of the Vikings in the 2017 NFL Draft, had been active for both of the Vikings’ games this season as the team’s #4 receiver. With the team adding receiver Aldrick Robinson yesterday, they still have five receivers on the main roster.
The Coley move is a bit of a surprise. He was injured for much of Training Camp, and beat out quite a few other solid players to make the 53-man roster. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team brought him back to the practice squad. I also wouldn’t be surprised if another NFL team in need of receiver help picked him up. We’ll have to see how it shakes out.
The Vikings will have to make one more roster move at some point today or tomorrow when the signing of defensive tackle Tom Johnson (which we mentioned earlier today as well) becomes official. It’s going to be interesting to see where the Vikings make room for Sebastian Thunderbucket, but when the news comes down we will have it for you.