Chicago Bears sign kicker Redford Jones


Tulsa's Luke Snider and Redford Jones and coach Adam Blankenship walk off the field after Tulsa lost 37-34 in triple overtime to Texas State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Tulsa. Okla. (Tom Gilbert/AP)

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears said Monday they had signed kicker Redford Jones.

There is wide speculation that the Bears will part with Cody Parkey, who missed 11 kicks in his first season in Chicago. That included a 43-yard attempt, partially blocked, that would have beaten Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.

The 24-year-old Jones played at Tulsa and was not drafted after going 12 of 16 on field goals and 44 of 45 on extra point tries as a senior in 2017.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace has vowed to upgrade the kicker position. Chicago faces a $5.2 million salary cap hit if they release Parkey without a June 1 designation.

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