The summer of the Chicago Bears kicker thankfully and mercifully came to an end at the start of the 2019 regular season. Eddy Pineiro outlasted the competition throughout the offseason and connected on his only attempt in Week 1's opener against the Green Bay Packers. It was a perfect strike from 38 yards out.
Still, it feels like wishful thinking for Bears fans to eliminate the kicker conversation altogether. Pineiro blasted a kickoff out of bounds (for a penalty) immediately after his field goal and coach Matt Nagy chose to pass on a 51-yard attempt, opting to go for it on 4th-and-10 instead. So, of course, the kicking game remained part of the post-game conversation.
Believe it or not, it could be worse.
It wasn't long ago that Jets kicker Kaare Vedvik was the NFL's hottest leg in the preseason and the target of desire in the trade market. The Bears were rumored to be one of several NFC North teams who made an offer to the Ravens (his employer at the time), but it was the Vikings who made the best proposal and landed what many suggested would be their long-term kicker. They paid a steep price for it, too: a fifth-round pick.
In case you haven't been paying attention, see above: Vedvik is on the Jets. His Vikings career lasted just a few preseason games; he was so bad that Minnesota decided to cut its losses and dump him before the start of the regular season.
Hey, maybe one team's trash is another team's --the New York Jets -- treasure, right? Not so fast.
Vedvik was brutal in Week 1 against the Bills and ultimately cost New York the game. He attempted two kicks; one field goal and one extra point. He missed both of them and the Jets lost by one point, 17-16.
Imagine, for a moment, if this was the guy Ryan Pace had targeted as the answer to Cody Parkey's double-doink. Imagine if he paid a fifth-round pick for him. And imagine if the results were what they've been for the Vikings and Jets so far.
It's only been one game with Pineiro as Chicago's kicker, but at least we know Pace and the front office made the right call by not overpaying for Vedvik and rolling with the guy who earned the right to begin the regular season with the job.
Bears dodged a bullet by not trading for Kaare Vedvik originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago