The Bears tried out seven kickers last year before deciding to trade for Eddy Pineiro.
This year, he’ll have to beat out at least one more kicker.
The Bears signed rookie Ramiz Ahmed on Friday, adding a second kicker to a much more low-key derby this offseason. Ahmed kicked in 2017 and 2018 at Nevada, not attempting field goals until his senior year. He went 15-for-20 on field goals and 20-for-25 on extra points. He handled kickoffs in 2017, hitting 28 touchbacks in 55 tries.
Just landing on an NFL roster is an accomplishment for Ahmed, who went to UNLV and Arizona State as a student— and not a football player — before winning a Wolfpack tryout.
The Bears still consider Pineiro their kicker of the future. He went 23-for-28 on field goals as a rookie and made all but two of his 29 extra point tries.