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Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Dan Bailey expected to sign with Vikings

A competent kicking game would have been the difference between a win and a tie for the Minnesota Vikings in their game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and they are trying to address that situation with a big signing.

On Monday, the Cowboys reportedly agreed to a contract with former Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey. As Ian Rapoport of NFL Media notes, Bailey is the second most accurate kicker in NFL history.

Bailey was said to be drawing interest from multiple teams, and it makes sense that the Vikings decided to make a move after Daniel Carlson missed all three of his field goal attempts, including a would-be game-winner in overtime. Twitter was not kind to Carlson, and Bailey’s name was brought up quite a bit.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Bailey has turned down four teams since he was released by the Cowboys.

Report: Vikings land kicker Dan Bailey

The Minnesota Vikings have the kicking upgrade they needed.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Vikings have waived kicker Daniel Carlson and have brought in former Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey to replace him.

Statistically, Bailey is the second most accurate kicker in NFL history, having converted 88.15 percent of his field goal attempts during his time with the Dallas Cowboys. His financial demands had apparently been high, but the Vikings couldn’t afford to pass him up.

It is a deal that makes a lot of sense for both sides. The Vikings, who see themselves as Super Bowl contenders, badly needed a kicking upgrade. Bailey, one of the most accomplished kickers in the NFL today, goes to a team that could win it all.

Titans coach provides update on Marcus Mariota’s status

Marcus Mariota Titans

The Tennessee Titans were able to come away with an important divisional win on Sunday despite not having Marcus Mariota available, and it sounds as if they may have to try to do the same in Week 3.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that Mariota’s status has not changed from where it was before Sunday’s game. He also acknowledged that Mariota did not play against the Houston Texans because he is unable to make all the throws he needs to make.

Mariota suffered an elbow injury when he was hit in Week 1, and the latest reports have made it sound somewhat serious. There’s no question the Titans are a better team when he is playing and healthy, but they were able to make things work with Blaine Gabbert in Week 2. An incredibly tough task awaits when they travel to face the Jaguars in Jacksonville next weekend.

NFL explains why suspended Jameis Winston was permitted to text teammates

Even though Jameis Winston is suspended, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is keeping up some informal contact with his teammates.

According to Peter King’s Football Morning in America, Winston shared a message with his receiver group, telling them “Awesome game!” after their 27-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

This raised some eyebrows, as Winston’s suspension is supposed to limit his contact with teammates. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, however, shared that such personal messages are acceptable in the NFL’s eyes as long as they don’t delve into game strategy.

Winston was just checking in. If he’s upset or worried about potentially losing his starting job to Ryan Fitzpatrick even after his suspension concludes, he’s apparently not showing it.

Struggling Browns kicker reportedly dealt with groin injury

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez has had a rough two weeks and is set to lose his job, but there may have been some other circumstances in play here.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gonzalez has kicked through a groin injury that is significant enough to warrant an MRI and could change how Cleveland elects to move on from him.

Gonzalez missed two field goals and two extra points during Sunday’s loss at New Orleans, which made life difficult for both him and those who share his name on Twitter. The Browns have already elected to bring in a new yet-to-be-determined kicker, but this may at least improve Gonzalez’s prospects of landing somewhere else if he can point to a physical issue as a root cause of his struggles.

Dan Bailey reportedly drawing interest, asking for lots of money

Kicker Dan Bailey thinks he has a lot of leverage and is reportedly ready to exploit it.

With several teams around the NFL dealing with high-profile kicking failures in Week 2, interest in Bailey, released by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of preseason, is said to be high. According to Jordan Schulz of Yahoo Sports, Bailey remains unsigned due to his financial demands.

Schulz alludes to an earlier report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that four teams have made offers to Bailey and have been rejected. He has a long and elite history of success as an NFL kicker, and is banking on that resume combined with some desperation on the part of an NFL team to land a new job. The Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings both had major problems with the kicking game on Sunday, with the Vikings’ situation in particular drawing a lot of attention. It’s unclear if either team has reached out to Bailey.

Josh Gordon laughs at report that he broke Browns’ trust

Josh Gordon

A number of details have emerged about why the Cleveland Browns made such a sudden decision to move on from Josh Gordon, and the star wide receiver has seemingly responded to them.

In his Instagram story on Monday morning, Gordon recorded a video of an ESPN TV report that claimed he “broke the Browns’ trust.” He said a whole lot about it without saying much at all.

There have been many reasons listed for why the Browns have decided to either trade or release Gordon, and they range from him showing up late for work to possibly having another relapse. Cleveland stood by Gordon despite multiple failed drug tests and suspensions, so something must have happened for them to release him one week into the season.

If it was simply a matter of both a player and team growing tired of one another, Gordon should have plenty of suitors.

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