Vikings to re-sign kicker Dan Bailey without using much cap room
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings locked up kicker Dan Bailey on Tuesday, March 19, and it didn’t cost them much of their precious cap room.
A source confirmed Bailey will re-sign a one-year, $1 million deal with $250,000 of that guaranteed. He could earn up to $1 million extra with incentives.
Bailey’s $1 million salary-cap number costs the Vikings only about $500,000 extra on the cap since he displaces a player in their top 51 salaries making about $500,000. Bailey’s cap number was $1.98 million last season, so the Vikings cut that in half.
The Vikings have about $5 million left under the cap, and they will need about $3 million to sign their picks in the April 25-27 draft.
Bailey joined the Vikings before the third game last season after they cut rookie Daniel Carlson, who had missed three field goals in a 29-29 tie at Green Bay. Bailey made 21 of 28 field goals, but he was just 4 of 9 on attempts between 40 and 49 yards.
The Vikings looked at other kicker options in free agency. They reached out to a representative of Jason Myers before determining they couldn’t meet his price tag. Myers, who made the Pro Bowl last season with the New York Jets, signed a four-year, $15.45 million deal with Seattle.
Since last week’s start of free agency, other unrestricted free agents the Vikings have brought back have been linebacker Anthony Barr and running back Ameer Abdullah.
A source said the Vikings are trying to re-sign backup quarterback Trevor Siemian. Coach Mike Zimmer has indicated wanting to have a veteran backup. Siemian, who made $1.9 million last season, is a former starter with Denver.
The quarterbacks now on the roster are starter Kirk Cousins and Kyle Sloter, who never has taken a regular-season snap. The Vikings like Sloter but believe he might not be ready to be the backup.
A source said the Vikings have increased their desire to want to re-sign free-agent center-guard Brett Jones since losing center-guard Nick Easton in free agency last weekend to New Orleans. Jones, who made $2.914 million last season, is also being looked at by Seattle, the New York Jets, Philadelphia and Kansas City.
Jones started the first three games last season at center when Pat Elflein was working his way back from injuries. Other than Elfein, the only other player on Minnesota’s roster now who can play center is Danny Isidora, who is primarily a guard but played one half at center last season in the final preseason game.
Jones also could provide depth at guard since Isidora is the only player on the roster now listed at that position. In addition to losing Easton, the 2017 starter at left guard who missed all of last season with a neck injury, the Vikings have released Mike Remmers, the 2018 starter at right guard, and Tom Compton, the starter at left guard, signed with the New York Jets. Minnesota did not offer Compton a deal to return.
Easton got a four-year, $24 million contract from New Orleans. In an interview Tuesday with Sirius XM Radio, he pointed to Saints quarterback Drew Brees and their high-powered offense.
“It’s pretty obvious why I chose to go down there,’’ he said. “And I’m fired up to be a part of it.”
In the quest to land a starting guard for 2019, a source said free-agent guard Josh Kline would arrive for a visit with the Vikings on Tuesday, one that would extend to Wednesday. A source had said Monday that Kline, who started 46 straight games for Tennessee before being released last week, would visit Minnesota.