Edinger is retained

The Bears matched the <!--Default NodeId For Minnesota is 113,2005--><A HREF=http://vikings.TheInsiders.com>Minnesota</A> Vikings offer sheet to restricted free agent kicker <!--Default NodeId For Paul Edinger is 292203,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292203]>Paul Edinger</A> today. Edinger signed a five-year, $7 million offer sheet with the Vikings (3/8) and the Bears had seven days to match the deal or receive a sixth-round draft pick for compensation.

Edinger, who received a one-year tender offer from the Bears (2/28), is the most accurate field goal kicker in team history, converting 69 of 86 attempts (80.2) in three seasons in Chicago. In 2002 he tied a Bears team record converting five of eight field goal attempts from 50 yards or longer while leading the League with a 41.9 yard per attempt average. He currently ranks 12th on the Bears career scoring list with 295 points and has kicked 35 field goals of 40 yards or more in his career, the most in the NFL over the past three seasons.

In 2001, Edinger led the team in scoring and ranked fifth in the NFC (ninth in the League) after becoming just the sixth player in team history to eclipse 100 points in a season, converting 26 of 31 (83.8) field goals and 34 PATs for 112 points. Last season he was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month in November when he connected on 10 of 11 field goal attempts including an end of regulation game-tying kick and overtime game-winner against Detroit. Edinger also victimized the Lions in the final game of the 2000 season, earning Special Teams Player of the Week honors after converting a career-long, game winning 54-yard field goal with two seconds remaining which knocked the Lions out of playoff contention. During his first season in Chicago, he posted the third highest rookie scoring total in Bears history, converting 21 of 27 field goals (77.7) and 21 PATs for 84 points, earning first-team all-rookie selections by The Football News and Pro Football Weekly.

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