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In the offseason, the Bears signed former Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey to a 4-year, 15 million dollar deal. Today against the Detroit Lions, Parkey missed 2 PATs and 2 FGs, all hitting the uprights. The Bears won the game, 34-22, but if Parkey hits the kicks he missed, the Bears win by a 20 point margin, 42-22. All kickers have a bad day at some point in their careers, but I don’t see how the Bears can’t at least bring in some guys to work out to put some pressure on Parkey to perform.

Here are some available kickers on the market.


Caleb Sturgis, 29

Caleb Sturgis most notably was the Philadelphia Eagles kicker for three seasons before he got injured and was replaced by the young Jake Elliott. Sturgis is 120/150 in terms of field goals made vs field goals attempted and has hit 80% of his field goals in his career. He has missed 10 extra points through 159 attempts, giving him a 93% accuracy rate. He is 13/25 on field goals of 50 yards or more. He was cut by the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this month.

Cairo Santos, 26

Santos kicked for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2014-2016, and actually kicked for the Bears for a while. Santos is 95/113 on field goals, giving him a career field goal percentage of 84.1%. He has made 132/138 PAT attempts. He is 7/13 of field goal attempts of 50 yards or more.

Blair Walsh, 28:

Walsh infamously missed a chip shot field goal in the playoffs to send the Vikings packing, but actually has decent statistics for his career. He is 154/187 for field goals in his career, giving him an 82.4 career field goal percentage. He is also 193/203 on PAT attempts in his career. He is 24/35 on field goals of 50 yards or more.

Patrick Murray, 27:

Murray, rather young, has had a short NFL career. He has kicked for the Buccaneers and the Browns, hitting 40 of his 49 career field goal attempts, giving him an 81.6% career field goal percentage. He is 55/57 on PAT attempts. He has made 7 of 12 field goals of 50 yards or longer

Nick Novak, 37:

Novak is a journeyman, having played for the Redskins, Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs, Jets, and Texans. Novak is 182/222 on career field goal attempts, giving him an 82% field goal percentage. He has made 256 of 263 career PAT attempts. He has made 17 of 31 field goal attempts of 50 yards or more.


To give you an idea of how these guys stack up against current kicker Cody Parkey, here are his career numbers. In his 4 and ½ year career, Parkey is 89/106, giving him an 84% field goal percentage. He has made 137 of 143 PAT attempts in his career. His has made 7 of 9 field goals of 50 yards or more.

People are definitely overreacting to Parkey’s bad game. No excuse, he needs to play better bottom line, but he could very well stay around, especially after Matt Nagy’s comments: “My trust is not shot with him.” When asked about bringing in kickers to challenge Parkey, here is what Nagy said: “There is zero chance of that.” So it looks like Parkey is here to stay, but if I were Nagy, I would at least bring in some kickers to work out to set a fire under Parkey. If this team wants to make a deep playoff run, Parkey must become more consistent, end of story. I believe in Parkey, but some competition wouldn’t be the worst outcome.


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