The Bears will let Parkey go when the 2019 league year begins, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Parkey will make $3.5 million guaranteed on his 2019 contract despite his release, all that follows his miss in the playoffs that cost the Bears a chance at the NFC Championship Game. He should find plenty of suitors for his services in 2019.
Parkey connected on three of four field-goal attempts Sunday in the Bears' 16-15 loss to the Eagles in the wild-card round. Parkey's kicks from 36 and 29 yards out in the second quarter gave Chicago its first points of the game before he added to that total with a 34-yard chip shot with 14:13 left in the fourth quarter. After the Eagles took the lead with a touchdown with less than a minute remaining, the Chicago offense did its job to set Parkey up for a 43-yard attempt with seconds left on the clock. The 26-year-old connected on what ultimately proved to be a warmup attempt when Eagles coach Doug Pederson called a timeout to "ice" the kicker, but Parkey was unable to convert on the subsequent try. Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester was able to get a finger on Parkey's kick to knock it just off course, as the ball caromed off the left upright and crossbar before falling short. It's a devastating end to a frustrating campaign for Parkey, who will surely face competition for his job in 2019 after missing seven field goals and three extra points during the regular season.
Parkey converted a field goal and extra point in Chicago's Week 17 win to end the season with 111 points. Parkey missed an extra-point attempt, continuing his inconsistent accuracy over the second half of the season. Although he made just 76.7 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2018, he's signed through 2021, so he's a good bet to be the Bears' starting kicker next season.
Parkey missed his only field-goal attempt while making a pair of extra points in Chicago's Week 16 win over the 49ers. Parkey has missed six field-goal attempts over his last 11 games, and he's been held to one or fewer field goals on eight occasions this season. Not only has he been an erratic kicker, but he's had significant weekly downside, making him a tough player to use in what could be a low scoring game against the Vikings in Week 17.
Parkey connected on his only field-goal attempt while adding three extra points in Chicago's Week 15 victory over the Packers. Parkey's field goal was a 24-yard chip shot, giving him six points on the day. He's only had more than two field goals in a game once over his last 11 games, making him a low-ceiling lineup option.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/06||Green Bay Packers||21||7.38|
|7||10/20||New Orleans Saints||1||5.72|
|8||10/27||Los Angeles Chargers||8||6.44|
|11||11/18||@Los Angeles Rams||19||7.32|
|12||11/24||New York Giants||30||8.63|
|15||12/15||@Green Bay Packers||21||7.38|
|16||12/23||Kansas City Chiefs||7||6.39|