Chicago Bears release Wilmington native Connor Barth

Connor Barth looks on after missing the game-tying field goal at the end of the game between the Bears and Lions on Nov. 19, 2017 (Photo: NFL on FOX)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Chicago Bears announced Monday that Wilmington native Connor Barth is no longer a part of the team.

The team posted on Twitter saying they have signed free agent kicker Cairo Santos and have waived Barth.

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The cut comes after a hard loss to the Detroit Lions over the weekend. Barth’s missed field goal in the final seconds of yesterday’s game was the apparently last straw of his Bears tenure.

“(Foot) hit the ground a little bit,” Barth told CBS Chicago after the game. “It just didn’t make good contact. Tough one. You never want to miss but I’ve always been a positive guy. One kick is not going to define me. I’ve had a good career so I just have to keep working. It’s a team game and everyone makes mistakes. Of course I want that one back but at the end of the day it happened and you move on. I’ll take it, it’s on me.”

The Bears had Santos in for a workout last week. Barth was 11-of-16 on field goals this season.

Barth’s final kick with the Bears was probably his worst. After Mitchell Trubisky moved the Bears into field-goal range, Barth badly pushed a 46-year attempt wide right in the final seconds of a 27-24 loss to the Lions at Soldier Field. The loss dropped Chicago to 3-7.

Santos, 26, was waived by the Chiefs in late September as he dealt with a groin injury. He was 3-of-3 on field goals for Kansas City before losing his job. He was 31-of-35 (88.6 percent) on field goals in 2016 and has a career 84.8 percent field-goal percentage.

Barth, who played at Hoggard High School and UNC, started his career in 2008 with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos.

Barth missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his Achilles during an off-season charity basketball game in Wilmington.

Barth and his brother Casey, who followed in his footsteps as a kicker at Hoggard and UNC, host an annual kicking camp each summer in Wilmington.