Bears Resign Cairo Santos with a new 5-year, $16 million contract!
After the kicker’s record-setting season, the Chicago Bears sign Cairo Santos with a new 5-year, $16 million contract. Read on…
After a record-setting season, #Bears have agreed to terms with K Cairo Santos on a $16M, 5-year contract with a max value of $17.5M.
Final 2 years of deal are voidable so it’s really a $9M, 3-year deal with max value of $11M.
No more kicker carousel.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 12, 2021
CelebnSports247.com reports while the Chicago Bears are in the offseason, all focus remains on the quarterback position since the team quietly settled a deal with Cairo Santos.
Cairo Santos took advantage of an opening created in August when a groin injury sidelined Eddy Pineiro, claimed the job and ran with it. Now the team is signing him to a new contract.
An NFL source said Santos has agreed to a five-year, $16 million contract, a deal that locks him in place. He signed a one-year contract when he arrived for a second stint with the team during the 2020 training camp. The deal maxes out at $17.5 million, but the final two years are voidable for salary-cap reasons. It should best be viewed as a three-year, $9 million contract with Santos having the ability to earn an additional $2 million.
Santos set a franchise record by connecting on 27 consecutive field goals last season, eclipsing the mark of 26 previously held by Robbie Gould. The decision to release Gould before the start of the 2016 season started the Bears down the path toward the kicker carousel.
Santos, 29, went 30-for-32 (93.8%) on field-goal attempts in 2020, the best mark in franchise history, including a 38-yarder with 1 minute, 13 seconds remaining to lift the Bears to a 20-19 victory over the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 8. He also made 36 of 37 extra-point attempts. He was named the NFC special teams player of the month for January after making all nine field-goal attempts in finishing the season with the 27 straight makes. The last time the Bears had a kicker win honors for a month was Gould in December 2008. – Chicago Tribune
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