The Bears signed kicker Cairo Santos to a three-year, $9 million contract Thursday. They now have ensured the return of their punter.
The Bears are bringing back Pat O’Donnell on a one-year deal, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports.
O’Donnell, 30, joined the Bears as a sixth-round choice in 2014. He has served as the team’s punter for 111 of a possible 112 games since.
O’Donnell ranked third in the NFL with 28 punts downed inside the 20 last season and averaged 45.7 yards per punt with a net average of 39.5. He did not have a punt blocked.
For his career, O’Donnell has averaged 44.9 yards on 502 punts with a 39.3 net average.