Report: Double doink will be Parkey's last for Bears

Kicker Cody Parkey is out with the Chicago Bears after one season of a 4-year contract.

February 22, 2019 - 5:36 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears will release kicker Cody Parkey at the start of the new league year, NFL Media has reported. It will mark the end of a turbulent season for the one-time Pro Bowl kicker in Chicago.

Signed to a four-year, $15-million contract last March, Parkey will be paid out the remaining $3.5 million guaranteed to his deal. His release from the Bears comes as no surprise after a difficult first and only season with the team.

Parkey hit on 23 of his 30 field goal attempts last season, while missing on three extra point attempts. His misses proved to be costly as the Bears' worst-to-first turnaround season ended too soon.

Parkey missed a 52-yard field goal during the October 6 game in Miami that would've won the Bears the game in overtime. They would go on to lose that contest to the Dolphins, 31-28, and ultimately fall one game shy of a first-round bye.

With the Bears trailing 16-15 and 10 seconds remaining in that wild-card game, Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal attempt off the left goal post and the bottom crossbar. Their season ended on that note. He then complicated matters five days later by choosing to appear on the 'Today Show' in a move that was scrutinized by the Bears, including head coach Matt Nagy.

"We always talk about a 'we' and not a 'me' thing," Nagy said at the team's season-end press conference. "And we always talk as a team, we win as a team, we lose as a team. I didn't necessarily think that was too much of a 'we' thing."

Parkey also missed four kicks -- two field goal attempts and two extra point attempts -- off the uprights during the Bears' 34-22 win over the Lions on November 11. The team stood by him despite the inconsistencies, but it was after the season that general manager Ryan Pace vowed there would be competition -- and left open the possibility for Parkey to be released.

According to the report by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and NFL.com, the Bears will officially release Parkey on March 13 at the start of the new league year. They have already signed kicker Redford Jones to a reserve/future contract. Among veteran options set to hit the market is Robbie Gould, the Bears' all-time leading scorer, although Gould could still be retained by the San Francisco 49ers by way of the franchise tag.

Gould was released by the Bears in September of 2016. He has hit 82 of his last 85 field goal attempts since leaving Chicago.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​