According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have signed Mare to replace the injured Robbie Gould.|||||||
The 39-year-old Mare won a tryout that included Billy Cundiff and Neil Rackers on Tuesday at Halas Hall. Mare kicked for Carolina last season.
The Panthers have released Mare just one year after giving him a four-year, $12 million contract.|||||||
Justin Medlock, a journeyman kicker who last played for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, appears to have won the Carolina job. Medlock displayed a stronger leg at training camp than Mare, who was 22 of 28 on field goals attempts last year with two key misses.
The Seattle Seahawks will use their franchise tag to retain control of Mare.|||||||
Mare will receive a tender for the average salary of the top five kickers in the NFL or a 20 percent salary increase. Mare was a model of consistency for much of 2009. He missed only two kicks all season, finishing 24 of 26 to rank third in the league. He made 21 straight field goals and ranked fifth in the league in touchbacks with 22.
Mare kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired as Seattle defeated St. Louis 23-20 on Sunday.|||||||
In his career, Mare is 27-of-30 in the fourth quarter on field goals ranging from 20 to 29 yards.
Mare will be the Seattle Seahawks' kicker for Sunday's season opener in Buffalo.|||||||
Mare spent 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins. That meant 10 trips to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., to play the division rival Bills. That is a large reason why Seattle is going with Mare in Buffalo.