Cody Parkey won’t get his shot at redemption with the Chicago Bears.
The team plans to release the kicker at the start of the league year on March 13, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Parkey, 27, is still due $3.5 million guaranteed for the 2019 season. But the Bears decided to move on from him after a difficult season, in which he converted just 23 of 30 field goal attempts, came to an unceremonious end in the wild-card round, when his potentially game-winning 43-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds against the Philadelphia Eagles was blocked before hitting the left upright and crossbar. The Bears lost the game 16-15.
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Bears coach Matt Nagy was critical of Parkey after the season for the kicker’s decision to appear on The Today Show to talk about his fateful attempt.
“I didn’t think it was a ‘we’ thing,” Nagy said.
General manager Ryan Pace said the team planned to have a competition at the position during the offseason.
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