Bears Sign Kicker Chris Blewitt

The Bears have added more competition with Cody Parkey on his way out.

Chris Emma
March 06, 2019 - 6:40 pm
Chris Blewitt

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(670 The Score) Bears general manager Ryan Pace vowed his team would explore every avenue in searching for its next kicker. That has proved to be the case as the ongoing competition added another name Wednesday evening.

The Bears officially signed kicker Chris Blewitt to their roster, adding him to the mix as they look to replace Cody Parkey. A Pittsburgh product, Blewitt has never kicked in the NFL and hit 69.6 percent of his field goals at the college level.

Blewitt joins kicker Redford Jones on the Bears' roster, with both having earned their way to the team through tryouts. They will each get a chance to take over for Parkey, who will be officially released by the Bears at the start of the league new year next week.

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Parkey was 23-of-30 on field-goal attempts in 2018 and had several key misses. Most notably, Parkey missed the potential game-winning 43-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining in a 16-15 loss to the Eagles in the wild-card round, hitting the left upright and the bottom crossbar before the ball bounced out. The Bears' season ended on that note.

Blewitt hit 55 of 79 field-goal attempts in his four years at Pittsburgh. His career-long kick in college was a 56-yard field goal as a junior in 2015.

Jones joined the Bears after three years at Tulsa, going 50-of-67 while there.

The Bears are also exploring kicking options in the NFL Draft, meeting with all three of the prospects at the NFL Combine last week. Those were LSU's Cole Tracy, Utah's Matt Gay and Oklahoma's Austin Seibert.

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