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Bears sign punter to replace Maynard

Updated: July 28, 2011 10:02AM

In a story first reported by ESPN, the Bears have found a replacement for Brad Maynard after signing Jacksonville Jaguars punter Adam Podlesh to a five-year contract.

Podlesh had a career year in 2011 and was named a Pro Bowl alternate after averaging 43.8 yards per punt.

“I’m extremely excited,” Podlesh told the Florida-Times Union. “Obviously it’s a very prestigious organization and they’re obviously a high caliber team. Looking for a super bowl so I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Podlesh was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer in March, 2010, underwent surgery and is now cancer free.

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