The Buccaneers are not the only team that have been on a “kicking odyssey,” recently. And while Tampa Bay went ahead and drafted Utah rookie Matt Gay in the fifth round last month, the Bears have decided to trade for one it has some experience from last preseason and ties to the University of Florida.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday afternoon that Chicago is dealing a future 7th round conditional pick to the Oakland Raiders for their backup second-year kicker Eddy Pineiro:
Bears traded a 2021 7th-round pick for kicker Eddy Piniero based on these conditions: he has to be on Chicago’s active roster for five games, per source. https://t.co/NifsJbRxP7
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 6, 2019
Pineiro spent all of last regular-season on injured reserve after apparently leading the way to win the job, as an undrafted free agent. We wrote last August about Pinero having some success kicking in Oakland, especially off the A’s infield at the Oakland Coliseum in Jon Gruden’s rebirth with the Raiders. He had made all three of his field goals and 1-1 on extra points in the 2018 preason.
However, he suffered an groin injury and was placed on IR and did not return.
The Bears are still searching for a kicking solution after they released veteran Cody Parkey soon after their playoff home loss to the Eagles. That’s where Parkey’s potential winning kick in the final seconds was tipped at the line of scrimmage and hit the left upright falling no-good. GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy were particularly angered when Parkey went on the NBC “Today” morning show to discuss his personal difficulty and threats from fans, etc.
As for Pineiro, he is a state product (Miami native), and he had a good college career at Florida. He made 17-18 FG’s during the Gators miserable 2017 season. And combined with his 21-25 year in 2016, he totaled an 88% field goal career mark.
We did take a humorous look at his leg strength prior to the 2017 season, when Pineiro’s practice video of him kicking an 81 yard field goal went viral on Youtube.
The Bears currently have two other relatively unknown kicking prospects on their off season roster, including former Pitt kicker, Chris Blewitt.
The conditional part of the trade for the seventh round selection to go to Oakland is that Pineiro has to be on the active roster for at least five regular season games in 2019. Otherwise, the trade is voided and Oakland essentially just gave him to Chicago.
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