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Bears re-sign kicker Connor Barth to one-year deal

Bears re-sign kicker Connor Barth to one-year deal

The Bears announced on Tuesday morning they have officially re-signed veteran kicker Connor Barth to a one-year deal.

Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported that Barth's one-year deal is for $980,000 and $155,000 in guaranteed money.

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In his first season with the Bears after replacing longtime kicker Robbie Gould, Barth connected on 18-of-23 field goals attempts and made 31 out of a possible 32 extra points. 

In 99 career games with the Kansas City Chiefs (2008), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-12, 2015), Denver Broncos (2014) and Bears (2016), Barth has converted 157-of-187 field goal attempts and missed just two extra points.

The Bears now have their punter (Pat O'Donnell), long-snapper (Patrick Scales) and kicker (Barth) under contract for the 2017 season.

Ranking the top 5 Bears players on current roster

Ranking the top 5 Bears players on current roster

Expectations for the Bears this season have been understandably low, but that's not to say there's no talent on John Fox's roster. 

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer dropped by the CSN studio to rank the top five players suiting up this year: 

5. Prince Amukamara, CB

Wiederer's take: Terrific offseason, high hopes on what he can bring to secondary.

4. Josh Sitton, OL

Wiederer's take: Proven and understands exactly what it takes to win in this league. 

3. Akiem Hicks, DE

Wiederer's take: Defensive MVP a season ago, durable.

2. Leonard Floyd, OLB

Wiederer's take: Had a very strong camp, could be a breakout year if he can stay healthy. 

1. Jordan Howard, RB

Wiederer's take: Had a huge rookie campaign, gotta be at the top of the list.

Watch the video above to see the Bears beat reporter's full analysis. 

Bears Talk Podcast: Glennon, Trubisky moving in opposite directions

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Bears Talk Podcast: Glennon, Trubisky moving in opposite directions

On this episode of Bears Talk Podcast, Vinnie Duber and JJ Stankevitz discuss the performances of quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Mitch Turbisky in the Bears’ first preseason game and what each guy faces moving forward. Plus, JJ talks with Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic about the best of Bears training camp. And Vinnie and JJ takes a look ahead to the Bears’ second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.