As NFL free agency rolls on, the amount of movement isn’t exactly staggering. But some unfortunate news was bound to happen eventually. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Chicago Bears punter Pat O’Donnell is signing with the Green Bay Packers.
Furthermore, according to ESPN and Green Bay reporter Rob Demovsky, the Packers are giving O’Donnell a two-year, $4 million contract. The deal also includes a $950,000 roster bonus and $1.6 million guaranteed.
Last season, Pat O’Donnell was the longest-tenured member of the Chicago Bears. He is also the last pick from the Phil Emery era of Bears’ football. Chicago drafted O’Donnell 191st overall in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft.
As the Chicago Bears’ punter, Pat O’Donnell only missed one game during his eight years with the team. That came in 2015. He has a career-long punt of 75 yards and averages over 45 yards-per-punt. O’Donnell has made 21 kickoffs, 15 of which came in 2019.
Finally, he’s thrown one touchdown. In 2017, O’Donnell completed a 38-yard pass to Benny Cunningham for a touchdown and that was the longest passing play of the season for the Bears at the time.
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