Kicker Who Cost Bears a Playoff Win Is Out in Chicago

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt

Months after missing a field goal that would have won the Bears a playoff game, placekicker Cody Parkey is getting booted off Chicago's roster.

The Bears cut tight end Dion Sims.

Parkey will designated officially as a post-June 1 release, be paid the remaining $3.5 million of the $9 million guaranteed as part of the deal, then become a free agent once it's official. Pace also stressed that the Bears will prioritize "mental toughness", "confidence" and "what type of adversity" prospective kickers endured in life, of obvious importance in evaluating the position overall but of particular relevance given Parkey's unfortunate upright adventures culminating in the wild-card round "double doink" defeat.

"It's really performance-based at the end of the day", Pace said. We wanted to do it before the combine and it was good. "We've already done it with reserve/futures".

The offseason is well underway, but this is the week to scout draft prospects, build a plan for free agency and continue to self-scout. I promise we will explore every avenue to better that.

The good news is that the Bears are in a much better position this offseason.

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Despite saying he would be comfortable drafting a punter, Pace sounded as though he'd be up for re-signing Pat O'Donnell. "I thought he punted well this year", Pace said. "You've got to knife through the wind".

The Bears will be unable to sign kicker Robbie Gould on the open market after the 49ers tendered Gould the franchise tag Tuesday. The all-time leading scorer in Bears history, Gould was released by the team in September 2016.

Selected by the Bears with the 20th pick in the first round of the 2013 draft out of Oregon, Long was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons while starting 47 of 48 games. But he fell under scrutiny after choosing to appear on the "Today Show" five days after that game.

"We've talked to Cody and Cody knows were going to go on in a different direction", Nagy said fom the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

"Those are the internal conversations that we're always having", he said.

"I love where we're at right now at that position", he said.

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