Replacing long-serving Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould could not have been an especially fun task last year for Connor Barth, but he apparently did well enough to earn another contract.
Today, the Bears re-signed Barth, 30, to a new one-year deal, reportedly worth just under $1 million, with $155,000 guaranteed (Tribune).
Last year, Barth made just 18 of 23 field goal attempts, a modest 78.3% field goal percentage that placed him near the bottom of the league. Barth did make 31 of 32 extra point tries, but his 62.0 yard kickoff average was also near the bottom of the league.
The Bears may have felt comfortable retaining the in-house option in case they aren’t able to pick up another kicker after the draft, or later in the offseason. For what it’s worth, Barth’s 78.3% field goal percentage in 2016 was his lowest rate since 2009, so perhaps a bounce back is in order.