The Cleveland Browns may be in the market this week for a new placekicker after Zane Gonzalez’s very horrible bad day in New Orleans.
Gonzalez missed two field goals and two extra points in a 21-18 loss to the Saints. That came a week after Gonzalez had a potential game-winning field goal blocked in overtime during the tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As today’s game wore on and the missed kicks piled up, the cries for the Browns to release Gonzalez mounted, with the most sought after replacement being veteran kicker Dan Bailey, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys prior to the start of the season.
Bailey is certainly a player that fans have heard of as he spent the past seven seasons with the Cowboys and making the Pro Bowl following the 2015 season.
The only problem is, Bailey may not be what he once was as his production has declined in a major way since his Pro Bowl season, as Michael Sisemore from Blogging the Boys pointed out a few weeks ago:
Dan Bailey's FG% dropped from 93.8% in 2015 (best season) to 84.4% in 2016, then dropped to 75% in 2017. That's a sizable drop & maybe we were less worried about that than the #Cowboys FO #CowboysNation— ✭Michael Sisemore✭ (@MrSisemore) September 1, 2018
The Browns already passed on the opportunity to sign a former Dallas player coming off a three-year decline in his play in wide receiver Dez Bryant, so would they be willing to roll the dice on Bailey?
The other consideration is that Bailey may not be interested in what the Browns are offering as, unlike Bryant, he could have options.
Cleveland is not the only team that may be looking for a new kicker after an afternoon that saw Greg Zuerlein of the Los Angeles Rams suffer a groin injury, and Daniel Carlson of the Minnesota Vikings miss three field goals as the Vikings played the Green Bay Packers to a 28-28 tie.
Bailey is reportedly biding his time until the “right team” comes calling, according to Pro Football Talk, and playoff contenders like the Vikings and Rams could prove more attractive than the Browns.