Bears sign AAF kicker in effort to replace Cody Parkey

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When Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace said that kicker would be a “position of emphasis,” he wasn’t joking around. The Bears are pushing their positional battle to the limit by bringing in a third kicker, this time out of the Alliance of American Football: Elliott Fry.

The search to replace embattled kicker Cody Parkey apparently cannot be too wide.

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Elliott is the latest former AAF player to make a splash, as he landed a three-year deal with the Bears, the team announced on FridayOver 40 players have already made the leap to the NFL.

Elliott was one of the top performers in the short-lived league, going a perfect 14 for 14 on field goals with a long of 47 yards. South Carolina’s all-time leading scorer, Elliott was 66 for 88 on field goals and 161 for 162 on PATs, although he was only 3 for 10 from beyond 50 yards.

The Bears signed kicker Elliott Fry, who was a perfect 14-for-14 on field goals for the Orlando Apollos. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/AAF/Getty Images)
The Bears signed kicker Elliott Fry, who was a perfect 14-for-14 on field goals for the Orlando Apollos. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/AAF/Getty Images)

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The 24-year-old is the third kicker Chicago has brought in this winter, joining Redford Jones and Chris Blewitt. They’ve even brought in other AAF kickers for tryouts, including former Los Angeles Chargers kickers Younghoe Koo and Nick Rose.

The Bears are in this unenviable position because they grew tired of Parkey. Parkey infamously missed a potential game-winning field goal in the playoffs that was blocked and hit off the goal posts twice, which was an unfortunately theme all season. In a November game against the Detroit Lions, he hit the goal posts four separate times.

Even though Parkey was guaranteed $3.5 million for 2019, the Bears are ready to move on and are showing their creativity.

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