Bears Retain O’Donnell

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The Chicago Bears decided to keep some stability on special teams by re-signing punter Pat O’Donnell to a two-year contract for $4MM, according to ESPN’S Adam Schefter.

Over the course of O’Donnell NFL career, he started out by booming punts down the field, but this past season he tied for 10th with 28 punts placed inside the twenty-yard line, and his 13 punts downed was tied for 4th best.

In addition to last season, the veteran punter averaged 39.7 net yards per punt that tied a career high and that ranked 17th in the NFL.

Also, the former sixth-round pick back in the 2014 NFL Draft punted 62 times last season and averaged a flat 45 yards per punt.

For his career, O’Donnell has a 44.9 yards average on 358 punts.

Lastly, O’Donnell is now the third punter this off-season to land a solid deal. Bradley Pinion signed a four-year deal with the Buccaneers while Jordan Berry inked a two-year deal to stay with the Steelers.


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