Bears waive Elliott Fry; placekicking job still wide open
Just ask a Chicago Bears fan what the “Double Doink” is, and their expression is likely to change instantly. After a rocky 2018 season with Cody Parkey as the placekicker, the Bears gave former South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry a chance in the preseason.
Fry made one of his two field goal attempts in Chicago’s first two preseason games, but that was not enough to keep him on the roster. On Sunday, the Bears announced that they were waiving Fry:
#Bears roster move:
We have waived K Elliott Fry.
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) August 18, 2019
Bears waived K Elliott Fry, leaving Eddy Pineiro as the sole kicker in camp. But doesn’t mean he has won the job yet.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 18, 2019
As ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggests, Pineiro is not locked in at placekicker. The former University of Florida standout signed with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, but was placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a groin injury.
The Bears–still in desperate search for a new kicker after releasing Parkey–traded for Pineiro, who has since made three of his four attempts in the preseason.
There were rumors that Chicago might look to bring back former kicking legend and current San Francisco 49ers placekicker Robbie Gould after Gould requested a trade, but the Niners signed Gould to an extension that makes him the highest-paid kicker in the NFL.
After years of the dependable Gould–who led the NFL in field goal percentage in 2018–Chicago endured a season of frustration with Parkey at placekicker. Parkey missed seven field goals and three extra-point attempts, then missed a potential game-winning field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card game.
The Bears have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, but the kicking game remains a question mark, something that is sure to keep Bears fans up at night.