Koo was released from the Patriots' practice squad Tuesday, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.
The Patriots are continuing their search for a kicker, and it looks like they have moved on from Koo. The 25-year-old played four games for the Chargers in 2017, converting 3-of-6 field goal attempts and all nine extra points, but has yet to find a new opportunity.
Koo will sign with the Patriots' practice squad Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Reports surfaced Thursday that veteran kicker Mike Nugent will replace Stephen Gostkowski, who was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury, as the team's placekicker. The Patriots will now also keep Koo around as a backup plan should something happen to Nugent.
Koo won't sign with the Bears after working out for the team Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Bears will instead stick with Chris Blewitt and Redford Jones as the two kickers on their roster, despite the fact neither has any NFL experience. Koo will continue to look for opportunities after the collapse of the AAF. He hasn't seen NFL action since being released by the Chargers in October 2017.
Koo will try out with the Bears on Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Bears currently have two kickers -- Redford Jones and Chris Blewitt -- under contract, but neither have played in the NFL. Koo last played in the NFL in 2017 with the Chargers, making three of six field goals and all nine extra points. Nick Rose will also participate in the tryout.
The Chargers have waived Koo.
Koo made just three of his first six field goal attempts this season, prompting the Chargers to turn to veteran Nick Novak, who kicked for the franchise from 2011 through 2014. Koo supplanted incumbent kicker Josh Lambo to start the 2017 season, but early struggles cost the 23-year-old -- a Lou Groza Award finalist last year at Georgia Southern -- his NFL job.
Koo made his only field goal during Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Eagles, as well as three extra points.
Koo was hardly tested on the field goal, as he drilled a 28-yarder to end the second quarter. However back-to-back perfect games from Koo is hardly something to scoff at, given the ominous start to his career. In a high-flying offense such as the Chargers', the undrafted free agent will continue to have some value in fantasy formats, but the lack of attempts is an unfortunate side effect of the team's impressive conversion rate near the red zone.
Koo made his only field-goal attempt and also knocked home his lone extra-point attempt in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Chiefs.
Koo rebounded well after a two-week stretch which saw him miss three of the first four field goals of his career. Still, it wasn't like his lone try Sunday was especially difficult, as Koo drilled a 29-yard attempt to cap off an extended drive by the Chargers. Despite playing in an uptempo offense, Koo will need to string together a handful of consistent performances in order to be a mainstay in fantasy lineups.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Koo is "our kicker" and relayed he has no plans to replace the undrafted rookie, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
It's been a brutal two-week stretch for Koo, who had his game-tying field goal blocked in Week 1 against the Broncos, only to miss a game-winning field goal Sunday against the Dolphins. In total, Koo has now missed three of four field-goal attempts to start his career and figures to be on a short leash should his struggles continue to bleed further into the regular season.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn did not rule out the possibility of bringing in competition for Koo, ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams reports.
Koo missed two of his three field-goal attempts -- including a 44-yarder in the waning seconds -- during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Dolphins. Considering he also had a game-tying attempt blocked in the fourth quarter of a Week 1 loss, it will be surprising if the Chargers don't give serious thought to making a change. There is some potential for the team's kicker to eventually have fantasy value, as Philip Rivers usually doesn't have much trouble moving the ball.
Koo had his only field-goal attempt blocked in Monday's loss to the Broncos. He did make all three of his extra-point attempts.
The blocked field goal ended a valiant comeback effort from the Chargers, who trailed by 17 points entering the fourth quarter but trailed by just three points in the final seconds of the contest. Koo had actually made the 44-yard attempt initially, but Broncos head coach Vance Joseph called a timeout prior to the kick, nullifying the potential game-tying field goal.
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