Bears reached agreement with former Jaguars punter Adam Podlesh on a five-year contract.
Podlesh was one of the Jaguars unrestricted free agents that they wanted to bring back, but as Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reported yesterday, he was weighing offers. It looks like the Bears had the best offer. Podlesh has taken a lot of flack from fans because he was a 4th round draft pick, but wasn't a "top punter". Fact of the matter was, Podlesh excelled at what the Jaguars wanted to do in the punting game, which was limit returns. Podlesh ranked in the middle of the NFL in most punting categories, but he was top 5 in net punting average and net punt return average. He was a big reason why the Jaguars special teams were so good. I don't want to say it's a huge loss, because he's a punter, but it will be a hit.
Former Jaguars camp punter, Steve Weatherford is on the market, so don't be shocked if the Jaguars take a look at him. They also signed a UDFA All-ACC punter from Virginia Tech.