Bears fans have clamored for Ryan Pace to swing a trade for a kicker from the west coast, just not this one.
While Robbie Gould remains with the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago is sending a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for kicker Eddy Pineiro.
Bears traded for kicker Eddy Piniero from the Raiders, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 6, 2019
An undrafted rookie free agent out of Florida last offseason, Pineiro was 3-for-3 in one preseason game for the Raiders last season before landing on injured reserve with a groin injury.
On Eddy Piniero: His college kicking coach @KornblueKicking texted me “He. Is. The. Man.” Strong leg, “has the mental edge.” Thinks Piniero is “perfect” for the Bears’ situation.— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) May 6, 2019
In college, he was the Gators all-time leader in career field goal accuracy, hitting 88.4 percent of his kicks. In 2017, he hit 17-of-18 field goals, going 2-for-2 from beyond 50 yards.
Pineiro went somewhat viral for hitting an 81-yard field goal in practice back in 2017, showing plenty of the leg strength the Bears seem to desire in the position.
81 yarder with pads on. No excuses! Ready for the season to start🐊🏈@GatorsFB @FloridaGators pic.twitter.com/5IeZ0tXyhn— Eddy Piñeiro (@EddyPineiro) May 2, 2017
He joins a kicker competition in Chicago with former Pittsburgh undrafted free agent Chris Blewitt and former Alliance of American Football kicker Elliott Fry, who both survived the team’s eight-player tryout at rookie minicamp last weekend.