Cody Parkey is getting kicked to the curb.
There has been wide speculation that the team would part with Parkey ever since he missed a potential game-winning, partially blocked field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs.
Parkey struggled throughout the 2018 season prior to his double-doink miss.
The Bears will release Parkey on March 13 even though they will owe the kicker $3.5 million of the $9 million guaranteed in the four-year, $15 million contract that he signed in free agency last offseason. The next week, Parkey came back to earn the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award. His release from the Bears comes as no surprise after a hard first and only season with the team. He has hit 82 of his last 85 field goal attempts since leaving Chicago. Bears coach Matt Nagy definitely wasn't thrilled with Parkey's decision to go on national television. We win as a team.
"We always talk about a "we" and not a "me" thing," Nagy said at the team's season-end press conference. "I didn't necessarily think that was too much of a "we" thing". Parkey connected on 21-of-23 field-goal attempts for the Dolphins, earning the free-agent contract with the Bears. He ranked No. 30 out of 32 kickers with at least 15 attempts in field-goal percentage, with seven missed field goals in the regular season.