The Bears are bringing in a familiar kicker from the Bay area.
PK Eddy Pineiro was acquired via trade from the Oakland Raiders on Monday in exchange for a conditional 2021 seventh-round draft pick, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported. The move comes less than 24 hours after the Bears waived Redford Jones and John Baron and opted not to sign any of the four tryout kickers in attendance at last weekend’s kicking-crazed rookie minicamp.
Pineiro, 23, joins PKs Chris Blewitt and Elliot Fry in the battle to replace Cody Parkey, who was released one season into a four-year, $15 million contract after missing his 43-yard game-winning attempt in the wild card defeat against the Eagles.
Pineiro was signed by Jon Gruden’s Raiders as an undrafted rookie last year after setting the Florida Gators all-time accuracy mark (88.4 percent) in two seasons from 2016-17. He connected on his final 16 tries in college, made both of his 50-plus yard attempts and was 3-for-3 in the preseason prior to going on injured reserve with a groin issue.
Pineiro, like Fry, is a product of new Bears consultant Jamie Kohl’s kicking camp, where a video of him hitting a 81-yard field goal went viral last year.
The Bears, who will carry north of $4.5 million in dead cap space for Parkey over the next two seasons, have vowed to explore every avenue — no matter how unlikely — to stabilize the roster’s wobbliest position since the unceremonious release of franchise scoring leader Robbie Gould following the 2015 campaign.
Monday’s move might not be for that kicker by the Bay, but it does mark a new path at the position for GM Ryan Pace, who has signed veterans and college free agents and even claimed a kicker off waivers but has yet to acquire one via trade. This is a low-risk one: Pineiro must be on the active roster for at least five games for the Raiders — who again have the Bears first-rounder next year from the Khalil Mack deal — to receive compensation.
Pace luring Mack from the Raiders last fall was one of the biggest trades in NFL history, a move vaulting the franchise back to relevance. Acquiring a kicker from the same place, then, certainly won’t move the needle like that earth-shaking deal, but it just might answer Pace's biggest riddle as general manager.