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Bears tell Brad Maynard he’s done in Chicago

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The Chicago Bears will find a new punter for the 2011 season.

Brad Maynard, who has been the Bears’ punter since 2001, found out this afternoon that he won’t be back in Chicago. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears informed Maynard that they’ll move on without him. Maynard is an unrestricted free agent.

The punting job in Chicago is expected to go to either Richmond McGee or Steve Weatherford.

Although the 37-year-old Maynard has a knack for landing punts inside the 20-yard line, he just doesn’t have a strong enough leg, finishing 32nd in the league with 40.1 yards per punt and 29th in the league with a net average of 35.2 yards. Now he’ll need to compete for a job elsewhere.

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14 Responses to “Bears tell Brad Maynard he’s done in Chicago”
  1. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 25, 2011 8:05 PM

    So long, Matt Dodge. Welcome back to NY, Brad!

  2. DarkMorford says: Jul 25, 2011 8:14 PM

    I’d rather see the Bears get rid of their punt returner, honestly. That Hester guy is scary.

  3. schemefactory says: Jul 25, 2011 8:21 PM

    wasn’t martz’s offense supposed to be so high powered that the punter wouldn’t need a high average as much as the ability to put the ball inside the 20? isn’t that maynard’s forte? oh yeah, he got cut because of cutler and forte….

  4. threeptplay says: Jul 25, 2011 8:22 PM

    Considering he is one of the Bears best players, thats fine by me.

  5. 4dabears says: Jul 25, 2011 8:25 PM

    Buh & bye

  6. randolph32 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:37 PM

    In his day he was a hell of a punter, but like all football players, we’ll be seeing him riding off into the sunset….

  7. fedxnavy says: Jul 25, 2011 9:57 PM

    He’ll get Drunk tonight get a DUI, have a disorderly
    conduct against an officer! This story hasn’t ended yet!

  8. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jul 25, 2011 10:01 PM

    That was stupid. Just stupid.

    One of the better punters (in the NFL) for years probably won more games during his tenure than the crappy 3-and-out P.O.S. offense. I’ve been a Bears fan since the 60′s so I have some history with watching punters on the Bears.

    Dumb asses. Why don’t frickin’ you cut Gould too?

    But at least I’m bitching about football!!! HELL YEAH!!!

  9. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jul 25, 2011 10:04 PM

    By the way, any team can find a kid on the cheap to boom the ball. Have them try to pin offenses back on a consistent basis. Nah, just give the opponents the ball on the 20 this year and make the aging defense work harder.

    DAMN THIS FEELS GOOD TO DO AGAIN!

  10. atmedic8daily says: Jul 25, 2011 10:04 PM

    Not an idiot kicker

  11. philtration says: Jul 25, 2011 10:09 PM

    He was very good but he was starting to look washed up last year.
    I get the move… just as long as you have someone better lined up or else what is the point?
    Money?

    Worried about how much a punter makes?

  12. whybearswhy says: Jul 25, 2011 11:57 PM

    A class act. His punting avg was hurt last year because he was recovering from surgery. Hopefully this will not come back to haunt the Bears, as they might be punting a lot this year.

  13. thevza says: Jul 26, 2011 1:31 PM

    Meh, no biggie. Maynard’s famous “inside the 20″ stats were always overblown. Many of those were the result of the offense taking over at midfield after a spectacular kick return (or the other team was scared and kicked short out of bounds) and going 3 and out. No team has ever wasted good field position like the Bears, although it did make Maynard millions.

  14. fan555 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:56 AM

    Good luck Brad,

    You were one of the best punters I have ever seen.

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