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Bears cut punter Adam Podlesh

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There’s another free-agent punter on the market.  And the Bears have a little less — and a little more — cap space.

The Bears have announced that punter Adam Podlesh has been released.  With two years left on his contract and a signing bonus paid in 2011 of $2 million, the Bears will absorb $800,000 in dead money.

The Bears also pick up $1.4 million in cap space via the salary that won’t be paid to Podlesh, for a net gain of $600,000.

Podlesh, who spent the four prior seasons with the Jaguars, instantly becomes available to sign with any other team.  Given that Lovie Smith coached the Bears when Podlesh was signed, Smith could be interested in bringing Podlesh to Tampa.

Then again, maybe not.  In 2013, Podlesh had a career-low average of 40.6 yards, and his lowest net since 2008, his second season in the league.

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19 Responses to “Bears cut punter Adam Podlesh”
  1. meatcarroll says: Mar 5, 2014 1:27 PM

    Seahawks don’t want you.

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 5, 2014 1:27 PM

    The Bears best possible outcome next season is finishing 2nd in the divison behind the great and mighty Vikings.

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 5, 2014 1:29 PM

    If the Bears are Chicago’s team.

    And the Cowboys are America’s team.

    Then the Vikings are the World’s team.

    #Skol

  4. joefelicelli says: Mar 5, 2014 1:29 PM

    Bears have a little more cap space you mean. $800K in dead money against not having to pay him his $1.4M salary. Sounds like $600K in cap space back.

  5. joefelicelli says: Mar 5, 2014 1:36 PM

    Correction. He was going to count $1.825 against the cap this year, so the Bears get $1.025M in cap space back.

  6. larryboodry says: Mar 5, 2014 1:40 PM

    I wonder who they will replace him with.

  7. wnstonchill says: Mar 5, 2014 1:41 PM

    Lovie can have him! A real GM would’ve shipped him out of town mid-season last year the way he was performing……

  8. docsweeney says: Mar 5, 2014 1:43 PM

    So the purge begins- next Bush, then Weems, then Earl B., then Peppers. Open up about another 12-14 M in space. Then use the Cutler deal, spread out some of that cash and push cap to 26-30M. Then sign a DT, a DE, a CB. Then in draft 2 DLs, a SS, a FS.

    Might be able to field a D to go with the O.

  9. jaderbear76 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:45 PM

    And da bears defense instantly get better!!

  10. nwfisch says: Mar 5, 2014 1:57 PM

    Thank God my Bears know what their doing to stay ahead of the lowly Vikings #BearDown #BelieveInMonsters

  11. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 5, 2014 2:00 PM

    This team has more holes in it than I’ve ever seen. With very little money to work on filling them.

  12. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 2:00 PM

    Best player they had.

  13. shorttracknews says: Mar 5, 2014 2:00 PM

    Bears have 2 punters signed already to futures contracts in Drew Butler & Tress Way

  14. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 5, 2014 2:02 PM

    It must have been because of his political activism.

  15. 3octaveFart says: Mar 5, 2014 2:29 PM

    Wasn’t he their MVP last season?

  16. zo121179 says: Mar 5, 2014 4:27 PM

    Who would have thought we’d have another “Butthead” in Chicago?

  17. trubearsman says: Mar 5, 2014 4:48 PM

    He should have been gone as of last year how hard is it to find a decent punter?

  18. rextraordinaire says: Mar 5, 2014 5:59 PM

    ‘Bout time. Phil Emery has been flirting around with cutting him since Phil got the GM job in the first place.

  19. fmc651 says: Mar 6, 2014 2:07 AM

    When are they going to cut Conte?

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