Bears audition competitors for Podlesh punting duties

Bears audition competitors for Podlesh punting duties
October 1, 2013, 3:45 pm
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For the second time in three NFL months the Bears have brought in a covey of punter prospects after a disappointing performance by incumbent Adam Podlesh.

Podlesh, who withstood a similar challenge last November, struggled at indoor Ford Field on Sunday, with a 28.8 net that included a line drive that was returned 57 yards by Michael Spurlock of the Lions to set up a Detroit touchdown.

Six punters worked out at Halas Hall, sources said, with the group including former Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe, and Mat McBriar and Brian Moorman, both of whom kicked for current Bears special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. Drew Butler, son of former Bears kicker Kevin Butler, was reportedly among those given tryouts.

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The tryouts were first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Moorman, 37, played for the Buffalo Bills through the third game of the 2012 season. He then signed with the Dallas Cowboys where he played for DeCamillis. Moorman and Butler both signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in April but were subsequently cut. Moorman has averaged 44 yards for his 12 NFL seasons and was voted to the 2005 and 2006 Pro Bowls.

Kluwe averaged 44.4 yards per punt in eight seasons with the Vikings. He was released in May after the Vikings used a fifth-round draft choice on Jeff Locke and signed with the Oakland Raiders. Kluwe was released by the Raiders on Sept. 1.