Report: Bears Expected To Release Former Steelers P Drew Butler

The Chicago Bears were the only team to select a punter during the 2014 NFL Draft and as a result, it looks like punter Drew Butler will be released soon.

Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports Sunday afternoon that the Bears plan on cutting Butler now that the rookie camp has wrapped up.

The Bears drafted Miami punter Pat O’Donnell in the sixth-round of last weekend’s draft and with two other punters already on their roster, it looks like Butler will be the odd man out. The Bears other punter currently under contract is Tress Way, who was with the team last year in training camp.

Butler broke into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, but after a dismal rookie season, he was released prior to the start of the 2013 season. The Bears signed Butler to a reserve/futures contract back in January.

Butler’s father, Kevin Butler, was the Bears placekicker for 11 seasons from 1985-1995. He was part of the Bears Super Bowl XX winning team as a rookie.

  • Matt Manzo

    Does this mean anything for us? Other than not looking like fools for releasing him?

  • AzheDraven

    They should bring him and Kirby Van Der Kamp to compete along Podlesh and Wing. I really want Wing to succed, or Van Der Kamp (because thats an awesome name lol) but having a 4 man competition maaaaaaaybe would assure us at least a decent punting game

  • Aric Brown

    I don’t think many teams aside from the Patriots expected Mesko to be done… Mesko was a top level punter in New England.. we ended up getting burned in the end, but I don’t think they looked foolish for it

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Who cares?

  • Johnny Loose

    I never thought Drew was that bad. I don’t remember any major gaffs when he was punting. He wasn’t beating the world I suppose, but the move to release him for Zoltan made me scratch my head after seeing Zoltan perform. lol Zoltan

  • Matt Manzo

    I meant we don’t look like fools for releasing him cuz the Bears did too.
    If he was awesome in Chicago we’d look like fools.

  • Miguelipto

    I agree

  • treeher

    You have a short memory.

  • Scott

    the Steelers should’ve snagged a punter late in the draft. especially instead of another TE

  • Blanchflower had better value than any punter would have in the seventh, considering they could sign the same guy as a UDFA and punters have a lower demand than TEs.

  • I’m thinking neither punter we have right now makes the team. Especially if someone notably better gets released who is a proven option. We haven’t had a good consistent punter since Josh Miller!