Chicago Bears: 5 recently cut players the Bears should pursue

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The Bears front office should look into creating a competition at punter.

Punter Shane Lechler was one of the more surprising of the players cut on Saturday. The 42-year-old has enjoyed an illustrious career with seven Pro Bowl nods. Despite having career-long success, the Houston Texans came to the conclusion that investing in the development of undrafted rookie Trevor Daniel over Lechler was the right move for the team.

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The Bears do not necessarily have a need for a punter with Pat O’Donnell on the roster, nevertheless, there is nothing which would suggest that he is a Bears’ front office favorite.

To further the aforementioned point, the Bears brought in undrafted rookie Ryan Winslow over the summer.

While no one truly knows if the Bears were trying to give O’Donnell some legitimate competition or just taking a flyer on a punter, it did not come across a true vote of confidence.

Another sign of the Bears waning faith in O’Donnell came during the offseason. With all of the money that the Bears handed out in March and April, giving O’Donnell a one-year contract spoke volumes.

If the Bears’ brass was enamored with O’Donnell they would have offered him a three-year deal. The Bears should take a look at Lechler for that reason alone.