Chicago Bears to officially release K Cody Parkey

Chicago Bears to officially release K Cody Parkey

Chicago Bears to officially release K Cody Parkey

The Chicago Bears are releasing kicker Cody Parkey, a league source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. It will mark the end of a turbulent season for the one-time Pro Bowl kicker in Chicago.

Parkey was 23-for-30 on field-goal attempts and 42-for-45 on extra-point attempts over 16 regular-season games for the Bears.

Although there's a chance the Bears might have been willing to hold on to Parkey after his rough season, those chances basically flew out the window after the kicker decided to make an appearance on the "Today" show in the days following his playoff miss.

Bears coach Matt Nagy expressed disapproval with Parkey's decision to appear as a guest on "The Today Show" five days after missing his final attempt against Philadelphia.

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"We always talk about a "we" and not a "me" thing," Nagy said at the team's season-end press conference. "I didn't necessarily think that was too much of a "we" thing".

Signed to a four-year, $15-million contract last March, Parkey will be paid out the remaining $3.5 million guaranteed to his deal.

The Bears will release the maligned kicker when the new league year starts in March, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. The organization faces a $5.2 million salary cap hit if they release Parkey without a June 1 designation.

The move opens the door for the potential return of Robbie Gould to the Bears, if the San Francisco 49ers let him hit free agency.

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