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Chicago Bears, Barth officially agree to 1-year contract

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  • Chicago Bears kicker Connor Barth has officially agreed to a 1-year contract. In his first season with the Bears, Barth connected on 18 of 23 fields goals and 31 of 32 extra points.

    Chicago Bears kicker Connor Barth has officially agreed to a 1-year contract. In his first season with the Bears, Barth connected on 18 of 23 fields goals and 31 of 32 extra points.
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The Bears officially agreed to terms with kicker Connor Barth on a one-year contract, although the agreement had been reported days earlier.

In 2016, Barth connected on 18 of 23 field goals and 31 of 32 extra points in his first year with the Bears and had a team-high 85 points.

Barth was signed just before the start of last season after the Bears surprisingly cut Robbie Gould, who had played all of his 10 seasons in Chicago. Gould later signed with the New York Giants where he made all 10 of his FG attempts and was 20-for-23 on extra points.

Barth entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina with Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-13 and 2015) and Denver Broncos (2014). In his career, Barth is 157-for-187 on field goal attempts (84.0 percent) and 205-for-207 on extra points (99 percent).

Gould, who signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers last week in free agency, is the seventh-most-accurate FG kicker in NFL history, having made 85.9 percent of his attempts. He has made 98.3 of his extra-point attempts.

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