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NFL Free Agency: Falcons cut all time great kicker who could immediately come here and miss a lot of kicks

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The Vikings need a guy to miss field goals in 2019 as their most recent guy who missed a lot of kicks isn’t under contract

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Future Vikings kicker Matt Bryant pushes it wide left.
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This time of the year is a brutal reminder about the business side of the NFL. Great players are released, and when that happens, speculation on where they’ll land next has become one of the great off-season NFL traditions.

Enter Matt Bryant, one of the all-time great kickers in Atlanta Falcons and NFL history, released today:

From the post by Dave Choate, Falcoholic blogger extraordinaire, and restaurant quality human being:

But it hurts especially because Bryant was so good and so beloved in Atlanta, where he made 88.7% of his kicks, nailed 250 field goals, converted 372 of 375 extra points, and was a comfort to nervous Falcons fans nearly every time he trotted out to try the kick. We’re going to miss him, full stop.

I cannot relate to the phrase ‘a comfort to Vikings fans every time he trotted out to try a kick.’

Full stop.

Dan Bailey isn’t under contract for 2019, and the Vikings need a kicker, but if it’s not Bailey I think they’d look for someone younger than Bryant.

I’m not sure what direction they go, but it seems Bryant would be the perfect candidate in a long line of quality kickers who come to Minnesota, who suddenly can’t hit water if they fell out of a boat whilst in the middle of Lake Minnetonka.

Folks, if the second most accurate kicker in NFL history can get the yips in Minnesota like Bailey did, then most assuredly, Matt Bryant could be the next kicker/nightmare/fever dream/wide left the Vikings sign.