Bears punter Adam Podlesh had a rough day on Sunday in Detroit and now the tenants of Soldier Field are looking for a new punter with former 2013 Raiders training camp/preseason punter Chris Kluwe surfacing as one of the potential candidates for the Bears.
Podlesh averaged an extremely poor 28.8 yards on his five punts and helped gift the Lions with great field position when he hit a line drive right at Lions returner Micheal Spurlock, who returned it 57 yards to set the Lions up for the touchdown that would prove to be a nail in the Bears coffin. Podlesh said after the game that he was disappointed in himself and it seems the Bears feel the same way, not being shy when it comes to looking for options bringing in a long list of veterans Tuesday.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears worked out as many as six punters on Tuesday, including veterans Chris Kluwe, Brian Moorman and Mat McBriar.
As Raiders fans will know Kluwe lost a competition to Marquette King in Oakland this summer after signing with the Raiders after the Minnesota Vikings decided not to resign him. Kluwe is on the record saying he suspects his presence on Twitter and his opinionated views and personality was a potential reason for the Vikings parting ways with him.
Brian Moorman lost the job in Pittsburgh this summer while McBriar punted with the Eagles last year, but has been unemployed since they cut him in March.
If one was to pick a favorite based on resume it would likely be Kluwe, who the Bears are familiar with due to his past in the AFC North and the fact that he only lost to King because of King’s obvious potential and game changing leg strength. Kluwe still has something to give to an NFL team here is hoping he can bring his experience (and some fun quotes) to Chicago should they sign a veteran replacement to Podlesh.