And then there was one.
The Bears reduced their kicking competition — the focus of the team’s offseason ever since Cody Parkey’s double-doink miss in the wild-card round playoff loss to the Eagles in January — to one on Sunday when coach Matt Nagy announced Elliott Fry has been placed on waivers.
Eddy Pineiro remains the only kicker on the roster with less than three weeks until the start of the regular season Sept. 5 against the Packers. But it would be a mistake, at this point, to assume Pineiro has won the competition or a roster spot.
The Bears will be monitoring the position around the league and could wind up with a player released from another team. There are 10 teams with multiple kickers on their roster. Pineiro will get all of the work in practice for the next two weeks, which amounts to five total practices, and in the final two preseason games. It’s a final chance for him to make a case for the job.