The Bears offseason has been dedicated to finding a new kicker and has included some unconventional tactics to put the kickers in pressure situations. Eddy Pineiro was the last man standing at the end of the competition and has won the spot.
But could two-time Women's World Cup champion Carli Lloyd get added to the mix?
After nailing a 55-yard field goal through a very narrow pair of uprights at the Eagles' facilities she has caught the attention of people around the NFL, including Gil Brandt who suggested the Bears give her a call.
And Brandt had a Hall of Fame career evaluating talent for the Dallas Cowboys.
Honestly, I don't think it will be long before we see a woman break through this NFL barrier. I'd give her an honest tryout if I were, say, the Bears. https://t.co/pyIlIY6Jxv— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) August 20, 2019
Lloyd kicking for an NFL team isn't that far-fetched, she told Sports Illustrated she has received some calls.
“I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking," Lloyd said. "Anything is possible but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”
Carli Lloyd tells Planet Fútbol TV she has "definitely gotten some inquiries" from football teams after hitting a 55-yard field goal with the Eagles and Ravens this week. "Anything is possible," she adds.pic.twitter.com/UTlMLRw8ib— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 22, 2019
Lloyd also agrees with Brandt, it could not be long before the gender barrier fell in the NFL.
“I think anything is possible. It’s been really interesting because, for me, I’m just an athlete, I’m a competitor,” she said. “But for so many other people, I think they’re starting to think 'Will there ever be a female in the NFL at some point?' And I think we’re kind of at that crossroads as far as equality and just women empowerment, so you’re kind of being in the crosshairs of that.”