The Bears are reportedly bringing back kicker Cairo Santos to challenge Eddy Pineiro. Santos kicked for the Bears briefly in 2017.
The Bears are reportedly bringing back kicker Cairo Santos to challenge Eddy Pineiro. Santos kicked for the Bears briefly in 2017.

The Bears are expected to sign kicker Cairo Santos, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The move would give Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro competition at the position. The Bears have an open roster spot with rookie tight end Darion Clark expected to go on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury that coach Matt Nagy said will set Clark out for the year.

Santos would be returning to Chicago, where he kicked briefly in 2017. He kicked in two games for the Bears that season, making 1 of 2 field goal attempts and 2 of 2 extra point attempts.

Santos, 28, most recently kicked for the Tennessee Titans last season, appearing in five games. Before that, he played for four teams in two years, including his stint with the Bears.

Santos has made 80.6% of his total career field goal attempts, including 8 of 17 from 50 yards or more.

Pineiro has hardly kicked during practice this first week of camp. Nagy said Saturday that the team is going to start working on more kicking situations in the near future.

"We're going to start putting these guys through some punting and special teams and field goal stuff and really get them moving," Nagy said. "And so we're just not there yet."

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