8 Chicago Bears who must return in 2021
The Chicago Bears should also bring back Cairo Santos
The more important special teams player is Cairo Santos. Santos proved that Eddy Pineiro can leave and find a new team. Pineiro might have the youth at only 25 years old, but I would prefer the accuracy and consistency of Santos.
Now that Santos is fully healed, he looks like a Hall of Fame kicker out there. To finish the season, Santos made an amazing 27 consecutive kicks. He finished the year with a career-best 93.8% field goal percentage. He made 30 of his 32 kicks, including two of three from 50-plus yards.
Santos is a career 83.1% field goal kicker, but injuries have somewhat derailed his career. Now that he is healthy again, the Chicago Bears need to extend him beyond 2020. I am honestly surprised, just as I was with the Allen Robinson contract, that the Chicago Bears did not extend Santos during the offseason. Santos earned $910,000 this year with the Bears, but after his career year, he should see a multi-year contract worth at least a few million.