Colts sign kicker Eddy Pineiro

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Eddy Pineiro #15 of the Chicago Bears is seen on the sidelines during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on December 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts have added competition for Rodrigo Blankenship.

The team signed veteran placekicker Eddy Pinerio to a one-year contract, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. ESPN was first to report the deal.

Pineiro, 25, was the Chicago Bears’ kicker in 2019 before missing last season with a groin injury suffered in training camp. He converted 23-of-28 field goal attempts with a long of 53 and 27-of-29 PATs.

Pineiro represents offseason/training camp competition for Blankenship.

After making the roster as an undrafted rookie last year, Blankenship enjoyed a productive first season. He set a Colts’ rookie record with 139 points, which was fifth in the NFL. Blankenship also set a team rookie record with 37 attempts.

Blankenship knocked down 32-of-37 attempts (86.5%), but also bounced four of his five misses either off the uprights or the crossbar. One of his misses was a 30-yarder off the left upright in the opening loss at Jacksonville.

Then in the 27-24 first-round playoff loss at Buffalo, Blankenship ricocheted a 33-yard attempt off the uprights in the third quarter.

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