Report: Bears To Release Kicker Cody Parkey

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(670 The Score) The Bears will release kicker Cody Parkey at the start of the new league year, NFL Media reported Friday. It will mark the end of a turbulent one-season stint in Chicago for Parkey, a one-time Pro Bowl kicker.

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

Parkey was 23-of-30 on field-goal attempts in 2018 while also missing on three extra-point attempts. His misses proved to be costly as the Bears' worst-to-first turnaround season ended sooner than they envisioned.

Parkey missed a game-winning 52-yard field-goal attempt in overtime of Chicago's 31-28 loss at Miami on Oct. 14. The Bears would eventually fall one victory shy of a first-round bye in the playoffs, which was a key reason that they ended up in the wild-card round.

In that game, the Bears trailed 16-15 with 10 seconds remaining when Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal attempt off the left upright and the bottom crossbar. The Bears' season ended on that note.

Parkey then complicated matters five days later by choosing to appear on the "Today Show" in a move that was scrutinized by the Bears, including coach Matt Nagy.

"We always talk about a 'we' and not a 'me' thing," Nagy said at the team's season-ending 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 Nov. 11. The team stood by him despite the inconsistencies, but general manager Ryan Pace vowed after the season that there would be competition and left open the possibility for Parkey to be released.

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

Gould was released by the Bears in September 2016. He has hit 82 of his 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.​