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Bears fan starts ‘GoFundMe’ to buy out kicker Cody Parkey’s contract

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Bears fan starts ‘GoFundMe’ to buy out kicker Cody Parkey’s contract

It didn’t take long for kicker Cody Parkey to fall out of favor in Chicago.

His missed kicks this season already have Bears fans wanting him off the team, and at least one wants to pay up for it.

A Bears fan identified as Nicholas Kelly of Fort Campbell, Kentucky started a crowdfunding campaign to buy out the $9 million of guaranteed money in Parkey’s contract.

The 26-year-old kicker signed in Chicago this offseason on a four-year, $15 million contract, with 60 percent of it guaranteed at signing.

He missed an extra point against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17 but made up for it with a 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Parkey finished the regular season 23-of-30 on field goals, good for 76.7 percent accuracy, and 41-of-44 on extra points (93.2 percent).

Bears fans are quick to forget the kicking issues they had last season, with Connor Barth hitting only 68.8 percent of his field goals, although the team only missed two extra points all season.

No one has donated to the ‘GoFundMe’ yet, and that wouldn't actually be able to affect the Bears' salary cap, but at the very least, it’s a funny story from a frustrated fan.

If Chicago released Parkey in the offseason, they would add over $5 million in dead cap money while taking just over $4 million off the books, saving no cap space in the process.

 

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Plenty of Bears players had their own Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph takes

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Plenty of Bears players had their own Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph takes

Thursday Night Football has a rich history of providing insanely boring games. It unites the football watching community by reminding them that hey, maybe that weeknight ACC game is a better choice (it was!). Last night's literal scrap between Cleveland and Pittsburgh broke the mold, though, and everyone brought some real Weekend Enthusiasm to their takes today. Plus there's still 48 hours before any other games, so strap in. 

There was a defensive lineman's take:

There was an offensive tackle's take: 

There was Tarik Cohen's take:

Allen Robinson was watching the Mavericks: 

The NFL just announced that Myles Garrett would be suspended indefinitely, so there will be certainly be more takes to come. When they come – and they will – from the Bears' direction, we'll have it covered. 

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Under Center Podcast: Tony Dungy & Chris Simms preview Bears/Rams

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Under Center Podcast: Tony Dungy & Chris Simms preview Bears/Rams

JJ Stankevitz catches up with NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy about how important Sunday's Bears-Rams game is for both teams. They also discuss the degree to which the Bears miss Jordan Howard, and Lovie Smith's revival of the Fighting Illini (1:00).

Then, producer Eric Strobel and NBC's Chris Simms discuss how teams are game-planning for Khalil Mack, how and why both the Bears and Rams have disappointed this season and which franchise he'd want to be moving forward (11:00).

Listen to the episode here or via the embedded player below:

Under Center Podcast

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