Eddy Pineiro Named Bears' Kicker


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- After an exhaustive offseason search, the Bears have set themselves on a kicker: Eddy Pineiro.

The Bears will stick with Pineiro after keeping him on the initial 53-man roster and passing through waivers Sunday without choosing an alternative. It's the culmination of a search for Cody Parkey's replacement, which began in late January and included countless tryouts and evaluations.

"He deserves it," coach Matt Nagy said. "He earned every right to be our kicker."

Pineiro won over the job after a battle that was ultimately reduced to just Elliott Fry. When the Bears waived Fry two weeks ago, they positioned Pineiro to potentially win the job outright.

Pineiro converted 8-of-9 field-goal attempts this preseason, including a 58-yarder against the Colts on Aug. 24. The Bears acquired him in a trade with the Raiders in May in exchange for a 2021 conditional seventh-round pick.

While the Bears had indicated they were going to evaluate potential alternatives available through waivers, Pineiro remains as the team begins game week work.

"It's a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders," Pineiro said. "I'm excited to be the guy. This organization believes in me in giving me a shot to be where I'm at. I just want to make them happy."

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