Ryan Pace open to drafting a kicker

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The Bears have signed three kickers since releasing Cody Parkey, but they may not be done making additions at the position.

The Bears have five picks — one each in the third, fourth and fifth rounds and a pair of seventh-rounders — in this week’s draft and General Manager Ryan Pace said on Tuesday that he’s open to using a pick on another kicker if they have one at the top of their board at some point in the next few days.

“It just depends on where you have the kicker graded,” Pace said, via TheAthletic.com. “If he’s graded at that value and we get to that place in the draft and that [name] is sticking up there that high, I think you have to explore it.”

The seventh-round picks would be likeliest spot for the team to take a kicker, but one imagines the Bears were paying attention on Tuesday when word of Robbie Gould‘s trade demand broke. Gould mused about a return to the Bears before the 49ers franchise-tagged him and his family is there, which may make it a place the Bears look as they try to solidify the position.

18 responses to “Ryan Pace open to drafting a kicker

  1. But, wait, I thought the Bears have “no needs.” What happened to that Ryan?

    Well, at least a couple Bears fans bought it when you sold ’em that the Bears have “no needs” and thus no one should have any expectations on your draft.

  2. Kickers are proven to be disposable unless you get one of the three or four that are really good.

    Why waste anything but a 6th or 7th pick on one?

  3. Of course he is, this is just more indication of the clown car known as Halas Hall. Ryan Pace may be the worst GM in the NFL, this franchise is in trouble and has been for year, since Jim Finks and Jerry Vainisi left the organization. I feel so sorry for the die hard Bear fans who continue to support this leaderless organization.

  4. Bears actual pressing needs

    RB, CB, K, TE

    Of course as a GM with their first pick at #87 and just 3 others all after #125 you don’t want to put out there that you have needs to address in a draft where it’s probable you will get no impact players.

  5. kingwalleye says:
    April 24, 2019 at 9:54 am
    Kickers are proven to be disposable unless you get one of the three or four that are really good.

    Why waste anything but a 6th or 7th pick on one?
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    Kickers may be disposable to dome teams but not when kicking half their games at Soldier Field. The Bears made a huge mistake in letting Gould go.

  6. The Packers will pick 4 times before the Bears will make their first pick. The Packers will also have 6 picks made before the Bears make their 2nd. Go ahead and waste one of the few picks you have on a kicker. Bears window will be shut in a year from now. Rosters in the NFL need constant maintenance and you can never think you don’t need your 1st round pick.

  7. BuckyBadger says:
    April 24, 2019 at 11:37 am
    The Packers will pick 4 times before the Bears will make their first pick. The Packers will also have 6 picks made before the Bears make their 2nd. Go ahead and waste one of the few picks you have on a kicker. Bears window will be shut in a year from now. Rosters in the NFL need constant maintenance and you can never think you don’t need your 1st round pick
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    Packers have a lot of holes, they will close the gap IF they draft well. Not sure that’s going to happen though, especially after they went through a run of drafting DB’s and more than half turned out to be NFL quality players.

  8. For Gould to be traded, he would have to sign the franchise tag, which he doesn’t seem interested in doing. Plus I think the Niners ask for at least a 3rd. He was their highest scorer last year.

  9. Of course as a GM with their first pick at #87 and just 3 others all after #125 you don’t want to put out there that you have needs to address in a draft where it’s probable you will get no impact players.
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    Actually Ryan Pace has drafted pretty well in the middle rounds. It’s the big-money picks where he’s been hit-and-miss and in the case of Kevin White, a huge miss.

  10. miabuttreeks says:
    April 24, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    For Gould to be traded, he would have to sign the franchise tag, which he doesn’t seem interested in doing. Plus I think the Niners ask for at least a 3rd. He was their highest scorer last year.

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    1. No he doesn’t. They can trade his rights even if he doesn’t sign it.

    2. The 49ers are morons if they think they’ll get a 3rd for a 40yo kicker. He’s worth maybe a 6th, at most.

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