After the Bears cut kicker Ramiz Ahmed early in training camp, the assumption was that Eddy Piñeiro had secured the job in 2020. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor even admitted that the move boiled down to 'a numbers game,' the product of the NFL's decision to shrink training camp roster sizes 10 spots this year.
Apparently not! According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears are not only working out other kickers, but planning to sign one:
Bears are expected to sign former Chiefs' kicker Cairo Santos after he clears Covid testing protocol Sunday, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 22, 2020
Santos been in the NFL since 2014, including a stint – you remember! – with the Bears in 2017. His career field goal percentage sits right at 80 percent, though he only made 44 percent in five games played with the Titans last season. The decision to bring him may be a red flag for Piñeiro, but it's not completely surprising. He's yet to kick during the sections of practice with media availability, and when asked if the job was firmly his, Tabor danced around any confirmation one way or another.
"Well, that's a good question. That's for every player to be honest with you. You expect him to make kicks," he said on August 19th. "You want him to make every kick. But history has shown that doesn't always happen. But his expectation is to be a really god player for us. And if that doesn't get satisfied, just as with any other position, you have to do what's best for the team."
Bears' reportedly signing K Cairo Santos to compete with Eddy Pieiro originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago