Bears sign former EIU kicker

2013-04-19T22:42:00Z Bears sign former EIU kicker JG-TC.com
April 19, 2013 10:42 pm

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears have added another leg to their roster. They team announced Friday they have signed kicker Austin Signor, who was in minicamp on a tryout basis, to a three-year deal.

Signor, an undrafted free-agent rookie, played at Iowa (2006-07) and Eastern Illinois (2008-09). He earned first team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a senior in 2009, leading Eastern Illinois with 76 points, connecting on 14-of-22 field goal attempts and all 34 extra points.

Veteran kicker Robbie Gould is in the final year of a six-year contract with a $2.925 million cap hit. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

Gould didn’t participate in the Bears’ voluntary minicamp this week because of a calf injury suffered last season during pre-game warmups in Minnesota on Dec. 9. The Bears signed veteran Olindo Mare to take Gould’s place after he was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 12.

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