Letting kicker Robbie Gould go may have been one of the worst mistakes general manager Ryan Pace has made during his time in Chicago. Since then, the Bears have failed to find a consistent kicker. Connor Barth, Cairo Santos, and Mike Nugent were downright awful for the Bears in 2017.
The Bears are expected to sign another kicker, in free agent Cody Parkey. Brad Biggs and Rich Campbell were the first with the news.
Last season, Parkey kicked for the Miami Dolphins. He made 21 of his 23 field goal attempts. When he broke into the league with the Philadelphia Eagles, Parkey was a Pro Bowler. In 2014, he set the NFL rookie scoring record while going 32 of 36, which included going four for four on kicks over 50-yards.
From there, injuries played a role in Parkey’s career. When healthy though, Parkey has been one of the best kickers in the league. Over the last two seasons, Parkey has revived his career by going 41 of 46 with the Browns and Dolphins. This is a huge upgrade for a team that has desperately needed a kicker for two seasons now.
It appears that Tuesday will be remembered as “Ryan Pace day,” as he signed Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, and now a new kicker in Cody Parkey.