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Colts sign former Bears’ kicker Eddy Pineiro to one-year deal

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Kicker Eddy Pineiro is coming off a groin injury that sidelined him for all of the 2020 season after beating Ramiz Ahmed for the Bears’ starting kicker job. Before that, Pineiro had a remarkable rookie season, where he was 23-28 on field goals, and 27-29 on extra points. The most important talking point about this signing is that Pineiro was 2-2 on field goals over 50 yards, and also made a 58-yarder during the preseason.

Current Colts’ kicker Rodrigo “Hot Rod” Blankenship, also nicknamed “Noodle Leg” by former SB writer Zach Hicks (farewell Zach) was 1-3 on field goals over 50. Blankenship also missed an easy kick in the wild card round against the Bills, so bringing in competition at kicker is a much-needed move.

It seems like Blankenship vs. Pineiro will be the training camp battle for the starting kicker spot. Hopefully, it will bring the best out of both players and the Colts end up with a clutch, reliable kicker once again.