When punter Drew Butler was signed to a reserved/future contract with the Bears last season, many fans hoped to see another Butler on the Bears’ roster. His father, Kevin Butler, was a kicker for the teams in the 80’s, was on the team when it won the Super Bowl, and was the all-time leading scorer in franchise history.
Butler’s position on the team was not guaranteed, and it would be tough for him to win. He would have to go against Tress Way. Then, in this month’s NFL draft, the Bears selected Pat O’Donnell in the sixth round. That made having a third punter unnecessary.
Butler’s battle to make the team was over before it could start. He was informed by the Bears today that he was being released.
Butler came into the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He was with them until he signed with the Bears in December.
It would have been nice to have another Butler with the Bears on their Super Bowl run, but it was not meant to be.