Former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt joins Bears |
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Jerry DiPaola

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.

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