The Bears on Sunday waived kicker Elliott Fry, leaving Eddy Pineiro – for now – as the last man standing in the battle to replace Cody Parkey.
“The way I look at it is it’s a great opportunity for [Pineiro],” coach Matt Nagy said. “It wasn’t easy because [Pineiro and Fry] were very close. But that’s what we decided to do. We’re rolling forward with that, and now he has two games here to show us what he can do.”
But Nagy stopped short of declaring Pineiro as the Bears’ Week 1 kicker.
“Well, for me, the way I work is I want that,” Nagy said. “I want them to have the mentality that Eddy is going to be that guy. But we’re getting to that point right now where you’re getting toward the end of the training camps where there’s going to be transactions for a lot of different teams at a lot of different positions. So if we feel like something is best for the Bears, that’s what we’ll do.”
Fry – whom the Bears signed in April following his perfect but brief stint in the now-defunct AAF – had been the only remaining kicker from the Bears’ much-ballyhooed eight-man PK tryout in rookie minicamp and seemed to be fairly even in the competition with Pineiro throughout the preseason. Fry even appeared to perhaps take a brief lead when his first NFL conversion doubled as the ironic and surreal 43-yarder steeped in history in the preseason opener two weeks ago to end a half in which Pineiro – the first kicker off the bench, mind you – missed from 48.
Nagy indicated the decision to waive Fry only halfway through the preseason will create more opportunities for Pineiro, whom the Bears acquired from the Oakland Raiders in May in exchange for a conditional 2021 seventh-rounder.