Matt Nagy Confirms the Inevitable: Cody Parkey is Done in Chicago

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Matt Nagy Confirms the Inevitable: Cody Parkey is Done in Chicago

Chicago Bears

It’s not officially official just yet, but it’s as close as it gets:

In an interview with Peter Schrager during NFL Network’s Good Morning Football program, Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy confirmed the end of the Cody Parkey era.

“We’ve talked to Cody, and Cody knows we’re going to go ahead and go on in a different direction,” Nagy said. “It was good talk, it was a healthy talk. He took it like a true professional and we respect that. We wish him the best and we’re going to do our best to put ourselves in a good position.”

Reports surfaced on Friday that the Bears were releasing Parkey at the start of the new league year in a move that gives the team a clean slate and allows the player an early opportunity to explore his market.

As for the player, Parkey missed 10 kicks during a tumultuous regular season. And even though he made his first three field goals that put the Bears on the scoreboard against the Eagles on Wild-Card Sunday, his double-doink of what would have been a game-winner turned out to be his last with the team.

“That’s a position where you got to make kicks, and Cody understands that,” Nagy said. “So what we need to do is make sure we put ourselves in the best position possible at that position so when we get in that situation we’re making them.”

Now that the Bears are from under the dark cloud that hovered above Parkey’s contract status, the team is set to move on to find his replacement. The search begins at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which features LSU’s Cole Tracy and Utah’s Matt Gay as the premier place-kickers whose talents will be on display.

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Author: Luis Medina

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