The Titans are replacing one ex-Bears kicker with another.
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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2019
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports Tennessee is bringing in Cody Parkey to replace Cairo Santos.
Parkey signs on with Tennessee, providing a much-needed a clean slate after his one season with the Bears ended with two dinks and a thud in the team’s Wild-Card Sunday loss to the Eagles. Chicago brought in Parkey on a multi-year deal that guaranteed $9 million, but he went 23-for-30 on field goals during the regular season. His high-profile misses were a constant concern for Bears Twitter, but Parkey still rallied to make each of his first three field goals on Wild Card Weekend. It’s just that the last one is what stands out most vividly in the minds of fans.
In that vein, that is exactly how Parkey ended up with the Titans in the first place. Santos — who signed with the Titans shortly after regular place-kicker Ryan Succop was placed on injured reserve in early September — missed three field goals and had another blocked in Sunday’s 14-7 loss to the Bills. Or in other words, Santos left 12 points on the field in a game that was decided by seven points. That hurts, especially when you consider Santos started the year making four of his first five kicks.
The Titans represent Parkey’s fifth different team since 2014. But most importantly, it is a new start for someone who clearly needed one after it ended so poorly for him with the Bears. And if things go well for Parkey in Tennessee, his salary offsets could be helpful for Chicago’s salary cap situation.
Every bit counts, so best of luck to Parkey in his new digs.