The Chicago Bears have officially announced the signing of punter Adam Podlesh. The lucrative deal offered to the player makes Podlesh one of the top paid players in the league for his position.
Podlesh’s agent Richard Rosa confirmed the news on Thursday, but didn’t give away any details regarding the terms of the contract. Rosa also puts Podlesh in the top five punters in the league.
The newly signed Punter turns 28 next month and has spent four years playing for Jacksonville. Podlesh will replace Brad Maynard, whose contract was not renewed and will leave the team after spending 10 seasons in Chicago. Podlesh’s career took a turn for the worst when scans revealed a rare form of cancer in his salivary gland back in 2009. However, the player made a quick recovery and was a Pro Bowl alternate in the previous season. He average 43.8 yards per punt and managed to land almost 46% of his punts inside the 20 yard line.
Rosa claimed that dealing with Chicago was very straightforward and easy and thanked the attitudes of special teams director and coordinator for the smooth going of the deal.
“The opportunity to place for a storied franchise, their commitment to special teams — that was huge for him. The special teams coaches, they did a great job talking him through it, what their game plan is and how they see him progressing as a player through the five years. It really set the tone for him. It really made it an easy decision for him because of that level of commitment. He’s very excited,” stated the agent.
Also, Chicago has landed free agent Matt Spaeth, who will replace Brandon Manumaleuna. The Bears were rather strong in the tight end area, but it seems that they are doing some shuffling.
NFL teams can still sign Veteran free agents by Friday but they cannot practice until the start of August. Bears start their training camp in Bourbonnais, Illinois.