Bears cut punter Adam Podlesh

Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Bears made their first veteran cut of the offseason, terminating the contract of punter Adam Podlesh on Wednesday.

Podlesh, who will be 31 next season, had his lowest net punting average as a Bear of 37.9 yards. He landed 27 punts inside the 20-yard line.

The cut saves the Bears $1.025 million in cap space. They will have a total of $800,000 of dead money based on the bonuses Podlesh was due in 2014 and 2015, according to Spotrac. His cap hit for 2014 would have been $1.825 million.

Podlesh had a brutal game in Detroit in Week Four this past season, averaging 28.8 net yards on his five punts. The Bears brought in punters for a workout, and Podlesh bounced back, but was still ranked as the worst punter in the league by Pro Football Focus’ metrics with a grade of -10.8.

General manager Phil Emery said at the Combine that there would be a punting competition in training camp, but Podlesh won’t be included. The Bears have punters Drew Butler (Kevin’s son) and Tress Way on reserve/future contracts for 2014.

On his Twitter, Podlesh wrote, “A sincere thank you to the Bears organization and fans for the opportunity to represent a first class franchise and city … one last #BearDown.”

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