First of all, I am perfectly fine with signing Bailey. Jerry will find a way to give the money to someone even more undeserving if he didn't give it to Dan. Bailey is one of our guys, he started with us, and I like cheering for guys like that. So I'm fine. Having said that... The criticism of the deal is perfectly valid regardless of if you want to hear it or not. The kicker is by far the most disposable position on the roster. There is no such thing as an elite kicker when every kicker in the entire league basically makes every kick. Bailey could kick the ball just as well as last year and miss 5 or 6 kicks due to the well-documented volatility of the position. And he will have some seasons like that. Gostkowski has missed 5 FGs in a season twice and 6 FGs in a season twice. Gould has missed 5 twice and 6 once. So you can be pretty sure Bailey will too. He will also probably continue to have his share of good seasons and make field goals at a similar rate to what he did last year... and still be nothing special. I don't think some people are quite getting it when people are saying the differences between kickers are really small. Again, it is only a slight exaggeration to say that every kicker in the league makes just about every kick. The entire league made 87% of field goals attempted last year. The entire league. If the entire league was a player, that performance would rank 4th all-time in Career field goal accuracy. Repeated: If the entire league was a player, the 2013 league-wide performance would rank 4th all-time in the history of the NFL for Career field goal accuracy. There is nothing special about any kicker in the NFL.