The Chicago Bears are signing veteran kicker Cairo Santos to a four-year, $16 million extension that features $9.5 million assured, a supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.
Santos, 32, has been the Bears’ kicker for the reason that 2020 season. He made 104 of 114 subject aim makes an attempt throughout that span, together with 27 of 29 this season. His 30 subject objectives made in 2020 set a franchise file.
The brand new contract ties Santos to Chicago via the 2027 season. Santos was beforehand within the last 12 months of the extension he signed after setting the Bears’ single-season file by making 93.8% of his subject objectives in 2020.
Santos surpassed longtime Bears kicker Robbie Gould as probably the most correct kicker in franchise historical past and has made 91.2% of his subject objectives since rejoining the Bears in 2020 (Santos’ first stint in Chicago got here through the 2017 season, the place he performed in two matches).
He was named the NFC Particular Groups Participant of the Month in November when he went 12-for-14 on subject objectives and 5-for-5 on additional factors. He additionally led the NFL in subject objectives made, subject objectives tried and in factors (41).
Santos has additionally kicked for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans over a ten-year profession.
Santos’ extension is not the one merchandise on normal supervisor Ryan Poles’ to-do record because the Bears start the offseason. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson, who this week reiterated his need to stay in Chicago past the 2023 season, is a pending free agent. The Bears and Johnson had been unable to succeed in an settlement on an extension earlier this season, and the cornerback was additionally not moved on the deadline after requesting a commerce in October. Johnson is tied for the staff lead with 4 interceptions.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.