3 Kickers the Vikings Can Add to Replace Dan Bailey

Max Staley
Three kickers the Minnesota Vikings could sign to replace Dan Bailey.
Three kickers the Minnesota Vikings could sign to replace Dan Bailey. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Dan Bailey wasn't the sole reason the Minnesota Vikings lost in Week 14, but he certainly didn't help. Minnesota's kicker missed all three of his field goal attempts, missing his lone extra-point attempt as well.

This loss crushes Minnesota's playoff hopes, though the Vikings aren't totally out of it yet. If they want to make a real run, however, Mike Zimmer might need to find himself a new kicker.

With that in mind, here are three kickers Minnesota could sign to replace Bailey.

3. Stephen Hauschka

Stephen Hauschka just retired earlier this month, but perhaps he'd consider a return if there was a starting gig available. He missed both of his attempts in his lone appearance this season, but he went 22-of-28 in back-to-back seasons from 2018-19. If he's willing to give it another shot, he could be a solid add. That 78.6 field goal percentage would be a significant upgrade over Bailey's current 66.7% rate.

2. Chandler Catanzaro

Chandler Catanzaro is currently unsigned, but he's been a rock-solid kicker since entering the league in 2014. In fact, he's 119-of-142 over the course of his career, which works out to a career 83.8% field goal rate. He has also hit 92.9% of his 182 career extra-point attempts. Still just 29 years old, Catanzaro should have some good football left in the tank.

1. Chase McLaughlin

Chase McLaughlin was just released by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this month. The 24-year-old has been solid throughout his career, converting 22-of-28 career attempts and hitting 29-of-30 career extra points. As an added bonus, he's also 4-of-5 on his career attempts from 50-plus yards. He could be a decent upgrade over Bailey, who has been erratic this year.

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