The Bears are having an open competition at kicker, but it appears there won’t be any drama at punter heading into training camp.
According to Adam Schefter, the Bears will be bringing back punter Pat O’Donnell on a two-year deal. Schefter reported the deal is worth $4 million.
O’Donnell made $1 million with a $500,000 signing bonus in 2018, so this represents a raise for him.
The 28-year-old has spent his whole career with the Bears since they drafted him in the sixth round in 2014. In 2018, he averaged 45 yards per punt and had 28 punts inside the 20, which matched a career-high.
A lot has changed since the NFL released the 2019 schedule. Teams have added through the draft and free agency, and learned more about their rosters with rookie minicamps. Now with all that behind us, let’s take another look at which opposing rookies could make an impact in 2019. We’ll go over the first five opponents on Wednesday, the next four on Thursday and the last four on Friday.