After working out a group of kickers from the AAF, the Chicago Bears have decided to sign Elliott Fry
The Chicago Bears are on a mission to find a kicker. After signing Reford Jones shortly after the season Chris Blewitt was brought into the mix after a strong performance at a kicking competition.
The Bears had a competition of their own, and brought in a group of AAF kickers to workout and see if any would head into training camp competing with Jones and Blewitt. After waiting a few days the team found their guy and signed Elliott Fry to the roster on a three-year deal.
The three-year deal is surprising, but it likely features limited guarantees. Still, it sounds like he got more overall money than the first two kickers.
Fry has yet to kick an NFL field goal, but he did go 15-15 in his short stint in the AAF. He kicked for Orlando, and Steve Spurrier, which is worth noting because he also kicked at South Carolina, where Spurrier also used to coach. It is clear that Spurrier has some faith in Fry, and Fry delivered, helping Orlando close out the AAF with the best record.
The addition of Fry means nothing towards their potential draft additions, though. In fact, this may make it more likely that the team will draft a kicker. It is starting to become clear the team is exploring every single avenue for kicker depth.
They signed a guy off of the street, from a kicker competition and now from the AAF. They will likely add a draft pick and a UDFA into the mix and have five kickers from every potential avenue compete for one job.