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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Bears draft preview: Kickers/punters

By Michael C. Wright

Consider the kicking and punting game for the Chicago Bears pretty much sewn up for the foreseeable future with veterans Robbie Gould and 2011 free-agent acquisition Adam Podlesh in the fray.

Since 1995, the Bears have spent picks on just two players at either position so it’s a safe bet the Bears aren’t headed that direction again in 2012.

The most accurate kicker in NFL history, Gould set a franchise record by hitting six field goals from distances of 50 or more yards, and connected on 20 or more attempts (28) for the seventh consecutive year. Podlesh, meanwhile, logged a career-best and single season franchise record for net punting average (40.4), which also ranked as sixth best in the NFL.

So if the Bears add anything at either kicker or punter, don’t expect for it to be anything more than an undrafted developmental prospect.