Former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt joins Bears |

Former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt joins Bears

Jerry DiPaola
Pittsburgh place kicker Chris Blewitt (12) celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal in an NCAA college football game against Clemson on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Clemson, S.C. Pittsburgh won 43-42. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Chris Blewitt, who is Pitt’s all-time leader in kicking points with 363, signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday. He will compete for the job vacated when the Bears released Cody Parkey, who missed eight attempts last season, including a 43-yarder that bounced off the left upright and hit the crossbar late in a 16-15 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Blewitt, who has no NFL experience, signed after a tryout with the Bears.

At Pitt, Blewitt converted 55 field goals. His 48-yarder on the last play of the game defeated eventual national champion Clemson, 43-42, in 2016.

The Bears also have signed kicker Redford Jones, who played at Tulsa.

“I’m excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to get to work,” Blewitt said Wednesday night.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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