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Bears sign Barth to replace Gould

The Bears' busy Labor Day weekend continued Monday as they signed kicker Connor Barth and long-snapper Patrick Scales and released guard Amini Silatolu and long-snapper Aaron Brewer.


Connor Barth has appeared in 83 NFL games over seven seasons.

Barth, 30, replaces Bears all-time leading scorer Robbie Gould, who was released Sunday night after spending his entire 11-year NFL career in Chicago. General manager Ryan Pace told reporters Monday that Gould was cut after Barth became available.

Barth has appeared in 83 NFL games over seven seasons, making 84.8 percent of his field-goal attempts (139 of 164). He entered the league in 2008 with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. After his rookie year in Kansas City, Barth was replaced by Ryan Succop in 2009.

Barth spent the next four seasons with the Buccaneers from 2009-12. The North Carolina product then missed the 2013 campaign with an Achilles injury, kicked for the Broncos in 2014 and then returned to the Buccaneers last season. He signed with the Saints in May but lost a competition for a roster spot to Kai Forbath and was released by New Orleans Saturday.

In Denver in 2014, Barth played for Bears coach John Fox and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers, both of whom served in the same roles with the Broncos.

Scales returns after being waived Saturday. He originally signed with the Bears last Nov. 28 and served as their long-snapper in the final five games of the season. Scales entered the NFL with the Ravens in 2011 and has also spent time with the Dolphins, Jets and Buccaneers.

The Bears on Monday also signed quarterback Matt Barkley, center Cornelius Edison and defensive back Demontre Hurst to their practice squad.

Barkley was selected by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of USC. He appeared in four games his first two seasons, completing 30 of 50 passes for 300 yards with no touchdowns, five interceptions and a 43.7 passer rating.

Barkley was traded from the Eagles to the Cardinals in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick on Sept. 4, 2015. He did not appear in a regular-season game and was released Saturday.

Edison and Hurst were both released by the Bears this weekend.

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