If Bears fans thought Cody Parkey was bad, wait until they hear the ominous name of their newest kicker.
Chicago has signed free-agent kicker Chris Blewitt to an undisclosed deal, the team announced Thursday.
We have signed kicker Chris Blewitt.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 7, 2019
Bears general manager Ryan Pace indicated last week the team intends to terminate Parkey’s contract when the new league year begins March 13, and head coach Matt Nagy confirmed those plans at the combine saying: “We’ve talked to Cody and Cody knows were going to go on in a different direction.”
Parkey infamously double-doinked during the wild-card round and ended Chicago’s postseason run with a 16-15 loss to the Eagles in front of a stunned home crowd.
He was signed to a four-year deal worth $15 million before last season, making him the league’s fourth-highest paid kicker. However, he failed to live up to expectations as he missed a career-high seven field goals in 2018.
Blewitt, 23, played four seasons at University of Pittsburgh and most recently made 10 of 17 field goals in his senior year in 2016. His best season came as a freshman in 2013, when he made 14 of 18.
He joins fellow kicker Redford Jones, who was signed by the Bears earlier this offseason.