The Chicago Bears on Friday announced the signing of veteran Kai Forbath to their practice squad, the latest kicker transaction for a franchise that has had many of them since 2016.
Forbath, 33, was brought in for a tryout earlier this week and showed enough to convince the Bears to bring him aboard. Cairo Santos has been the team’s kicker since the season began and has made 7 of 10 field-goal attempts through five games, including the winning 38-yarder with 1 minute, 13 seconds remaining Thursday in a 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field.
Eddy Pineiro, the Bears kicker last season, has been sidelined with a groin injury since the early stages of training camp this summer. The addition of Forbath would seem to be an indication that Pineiro’s recovery is not progressing quickly, leaving the Bears to formulate a different backup plan.
Forbath has bounced around to nine teams since entering the league with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. He has kicked in the regular season for six of those clubs, most recently during a four-game stint late last season with the Cowboys. Forbath made all 10 of his field-goal tries last season and re-signed with the Cowboys in the spring. But he was cut in August after the Cowboys chose Greg Zuerlein as their kicker and opted against keeping Forbath on the practice squad as an insurance policy.
For his career, Forbath has made 86.8% of his field-goal attempts and 90.2% from inside 50 yards.
Notably, Forbath won a 2016 competition against Connor Barth for the Saints' kicking job. When the Saints released Barth, Bears general manager Ryan Pace acquired him to replace the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, Robbie Gould, who had been cut that same weekend.
Forbath, however, also was cut by the Saints before the season began, replaced by Wil Lutz, and since has bounced through stints with the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.
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