Following the surprise move of the Bears releasing the franchise leader in scoring, kicker Robbie Gould, yesterday, on Monday the team announced his replacement.
#Bears busy Labor Day weekend continues as they officially sign K Connor Barth.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 5, 2016
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This will be Connor Barth’s eighth NFL season having spent time with the Chiefs, Bucs and Broncos (where he played for both John Fox and special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers). He was in camp with the New Orleans Saints but they cut him in favor of Kai Forbath.
Last season, with Tampa, Barth was 23/28 (82.1 percent) with a long of 53. For his career he’s hit on 84.8 percent of his field goals. Last season he missed a PAT (25/26). His career long is 57.
Compared to Robbie though Barth hits a lower percentage of his kicks (84.8 to 85.4) and has scored 616 fewer points (albeit, he has fewer seasons).
In other special teams news, the Bears released long snapper Aaron Brewer to bring back Patrick Scales, who had competed with Brewer throughout camp but had been released earlier in the weekend. They also released OL Amini Silatolu to make room for Barth.
Thoughts on Chicago’s new kicker?