We would prefer not to see Bears punters on the field often (or ever), but the team is in the market for one and reportedly has its eyes on a Pro Bowler:
Punters deserve updates too. With Pat O’Donnell slated to hit free agency, the Bears have spoken to Bengals free agent Kevin Huber, source says. Punters!
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 14, 2018
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports Chicago has spoken with free agent punter Kevin Huber. The Bears have an opening at punter because Pat O’Donnell is a free agent. What the team’s interest is in bringing him back is unknown. For what it’s worth, O’Donnell was selected in the sixth round (191st overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Phil Emery regime.
Huber has spent his entire career with Cincinnati Bengals, which started in 2009 after the team made him a fifth-round pick (142nd overall). Huber was the AFC’s Week 13 Special Teams Player of the Week in 2013 and a Pro Bowler who earned first-team All-Pro honors from Sporting News in 2014.
I would imagine that new Bears Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor has a pretty good idea of what Huber can do. If you’ll recall, Tabor has coached against Huber and the Cincinnati Bengals twice a year since 2011 when he was leading the Browns’ special teams unit. The Bears have already tapped into Tabor’s connections by reportedly agreeing to terms with kicker Cody Parkey during the legal tampering negotiation window. So going to the well again isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.