Bears Sign Punter Adam Podlesh To Replace Brad Maynard

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Bears filled a major void by signing punter Adam Podlesh.

It was indeed was a big void since, well, the Bears didn’t have a punter, after parting with veteran Brad Maynard.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Sean Jensen tweeted that Podlesh has a five-year deal worth more than $10 million.

Podlesh, 27, averaged 43.8 yards per punt with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.

  • John

    He’d better be the best punter in the league, not to mention the best holder in the league too. Big mistake letting go of Maynard.

  • Dean

    This looks to be an upgrade from a stats perspective. I like Maynard a lot, but over the last couple of seasons when you needed a big kick to get out of trouble, Maynard showed some inconsistency.

    Podlesh is younger and at some point soon the Bears were going to have to replace Maynard.

    • AT3374

      Agreed , but they also should have had a replacement for Urlacher , Briggs and Kruetz as well . The Bears will have to over pay for a center who is decent but no longer great . Jay Cutler will be injured before the season is over if this line doesn’t get shored up .

  • John

    Dean, stats can tell you whatever you want them to say. I appreciated the intangibles that Maynard brought to the table. The average means nothing in my eyes. Kicks inside the 20 mean a lot. Over the last two years, Dave Taub was interfering with Maynard, telling him to kick a certain direction (which was almost always wrong). That would more than explain the drop in stats.

    And since when is it required to have a young punter? Ever heard of Ray Guy?

    Plus, nobody has answered my question yet about who is going to hold for Robbie Gould now. Mannelly, Maynard, and Gould were a great team. I foresee Gould’s accuracy and confidence taking a huge hit because of this.

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