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Source: Bears Sign Former Jaguars Punter

’10 Pro Bowl Alternate

Bombs away.

The Bears have agreed to terms with former Jacksonville Jaguars punter Adam Podlesh on a five-year contract, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.   A league source has said the contract will average just more than $2 million annually and will place him in the top five among punter salaries in the NFL.

Podlesh will replace veteran Brad Maynard, whose contract expired after a 10-season run with the team.

Podlesh, who will turn 28 next month, averaged 43.8 yards per punt with the Jags last season.  He had 26 of his punts (45.6 percent) land inside the 20-yard line and was a Pro Bowl alternate.  In four seasons with the Jaguars, the Maryland product averaged 42.6 yards.

Here’s what former Bears College Director of Scouting Greg Gabriel had to say about the Bears acquisition of Podlesh:

In his ten years in Chicago, Brad Maynard did a great job. But in the last few years, he has been bothered by nagging injuries and his production has gone down so his reliability wasn’t as good. With the signing of Podlesh, the Bears get a punter who is 9 years younger and in his prime. His stats have improved every year and his average per kick was 3 yards better than Maynard’s. He is equal or better to Maynard in being able to place the ball inside the 20, something that is very important when playing in Soldier Field. With the Bears having one of the best coverage units in the league this signing will turn out to be very satisfying.

Nickname him: “The Boomer.”  Sorry, Chris Berman.

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