On Pace

Bears kicker <!--Default NodeId For Paul Edinger is 292203,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292203]>Paul Edinger</A> has converted 22 of 27 field goals this season and, provided he does not miss a three-point attempt in the final two games of the season, he would match his 2001 effort of only five missed attempts in a season which ranks tied for fifth all-time for the Bears.

"I've said all year, Paul's really had a terrific year," said head coach Dick Jauron.

The best back-to-back seasons of fewest misses belongs to Kevin Butler who was an identical 15 of 19 (four misses) in 1988 and 1989. Jeff Jaeger put together back-to-back season of just five misses in 1997 and 1998, hitting 21 of 26 each season. Incidentally, Edinger is the Bears' career field goal percentage leader, entering the season connecting on an 81 percent clip while improving that mark to 81.2 percent this year (69 of 85 career).

The Bears signed guard Josh Warner from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday and signed CB Teddy Gaines and G Shane Grice to the practice squad.

Terms of Warner's deal were not disclosed. Warner, a 6-5, 305 pounder out of SUNY-Brockport, joins the active roster after being a member of the Bears practice squad since Nov. 20. He originally signed with the Bears at the beginning of the free agency period following the 2001 season (1/9/02) and was released following training camp (9/1). Warner played for the Berlin Thunder during the 2002 NFL Europe season. Originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent (4/27/01), he was released following New York's training camp.

This will be Gaines' second stint on the Bears practice squad. He originally signed to the practice squad (12/3) and was later released (12/10) after being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round (256th overall). The 49ers waived Gaines in training camp (8/26). Gaines, a 6-0, 175 pounder out of Tennessee, started 19 games for the Volunteers and finished his four-year career with 181 tackles, 18 passes defended, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Grice, who was claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off the Bears practice squad last season (9/26/01), spent the majority of the 2001 season rotating between Tampa Bay's active roster and practice squad. The 6-1, 307 pounder out of Mississippi was inactive for games 2-7 and was released (11/10/01) before being signed to the Bucs practice squad (11/13). He ended the season on the Bucs active roster, signing (12/22) and making his NFL debut against New Orleans (12/23). Grice was inactive for the final three games of the season including Tampa Bay' playoff loss to Philadelphia. Originally signed by the Bucs as an undrafted free agent, he was waived by Tampa Bay during training camp (8/27) and signed to the Bears practice squad (8/31). Grice spent the 2002 training camp with the Bucs and was released (8/26).

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