Former Bears kicker Paul Edinger says he doesn't want to have to get a job in the real world, so he's here in Indianapolis looking for work in the NFL during the Scouting Combine hoping to make a connection with anyone who can help get him back in the league.
Edinger has been working the lobby of the Hyatt, handing out highlight DVDs to coaches and scouts, but his chances probably aren't very good, even though he was the third-most accurate field-goal kicker in Bears history with a 75.3 percent success rate. He played five years for the Bears (2000-04) but hasn't played in the NFL since 2005, when he was with the Vikings.
Since then he's had a handful of NFL tryouts and was signed briefly by the Chicago Rush of the NFL. He's spent a lot of time since 2005 living in Costa Rica where he had owned a home, but at 31, he wants another shot at the NFL.
“I'd just like a chance to go to camp with someone this summer,” said Edinger, who was the Bears' sixth-round draft pick in 2000, the same year they drafted Brian Urlacher first and Mike Brown second.