The Minnesota Vikings have released former Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson after he missed all three of his field goal attempts during Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, multiple reports said Monday afternoon.
Carlson led the Tigers’ kicking unit for four years while at Auburn, becoming the Southeastern Conference's all-time leading scorer during his senior season. He left Auburn as the school’s all-time leader in field goals made (92), most field goals made in a single season (28) and is tied for the most kicks made in a game (6).
The former Tiger was drafted with the 167th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft when the Vikings traded up to draft him in April. Carlson beat out Kai Forbath for the starting job during the preseason.
Carlson ended his short career with the Vikings making only one of his four field goal attempts.
The Vikings have already found their replacement, signing kicker Dan Bailey after releasing Carlson. Bailey is the second-most accurate placekicker in league history.
Since Carlson is a rookie, he will be put on waivers rather than being released outright. If no team claims the rookie kicker, he will become a free agent and will be free to sign with any team who offers him a contract.
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