Texans sign Brad Maynard

The Houston Texans have a new punter.

Brad Maynard, formerly of the Bears, has agreed to a deal with the Texans.

Maynard told WSCR in Chicago, “I’m happy for this new and exciting challenge. Thankful to the Texans for the opportunity.”

Maynard had been the Bears’ punter since 2001, but Bears told him last week that they’ve decided to move on without him.

The 37-year-old Maynard has a knack for landing punts inside the 20-yard line, but he lacks a strong leg, finishing 32nd in the league with 40.1 yards a punt and 29th in the league with a net average of 35.2 yards.

Matt Turk, the Texans’ punter for the last four seasons, signed with the Jaguars last week.