Bears Sign Kicker Santos

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The Bears have released kicker Connor Barth and have replaced him by signing Cairo Santos.

Barth missed a 46 yard field goal at the end of the Bears’ game Sunday that could have tied the scored. That would be his final kick as a Bear.

Santos was with the Chiefs from 2014 through September of this year when he suffered a groin injury. He was placed on injured reserve and then released by the Chiefs.

In his NFL career Santos has made 89 of 105 field goal attempts (84.8%) and 125 of 130 extra point attempts (91.2%). His longest field goal is 54 yards.

“The reason he was available was due to injury,” said Bears coach John Fox Monday afternoon. “Getting him healthy from that I think was key for him and us. We were fortunate that he was available. He’s been pretty accurate. He gets pretty good lift on the ball. He has good hang time on his kickoffs, but I’d say the key is he’s an accomplished kicker in the National Football League.”

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