Chicago needs a kicker.

That much is clear after Friday's report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the Bears intend to release embattled booter Cody Parkey when the new league year begins on March 13.

The journeyman Parkey landed in Chicago in 2018 where he converted 23 of 30 regular-season field-goal tries, missing three between 30-39 yards and three extra-point tries. By the time the Bears made the playoffs, Parkey had not quite ingratiated himself to the Chicago fanbase. And then, the Double Doink happened.

Parkey's last-second miss in Chicago's Wild Card Weekend loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and subsequent interview on "The Today Show" assured his departure from the club after just one campaign.

With Parkey exiting, among the Bears' options in their attempt to move forward is to look backward and in the direction of a cast-off fan favorite: Robbie Gould.

The 36-year-old kicker is an impending free agent after two seasons in San Francisco. Gould spent the bulk of his 14-year career with the Bears and said Friday that he understands the Chicago fan base's demands for his return.