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Roster Moves: Bears retaining Pat O’Donnell, Daniel Brown

Posted Mar 16, 2018

The Bears are bringing back two of their own free agents, agreeing to terms with punter Patrick O’Donnell and tight end Daniel Brown on one-year contracts.

The Bears are bringing back two of their own free agents, agreeing to terms with punter Patrick O'Donnell and tight end Daniel Brown on one-year contracts.

Last season O'Donnell recorded a career-best 47.0-yard average on 87 punts and also threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Benny Cunningham on a fake punt against the Vikings.

Since being selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of Miami, the 27-year-old has appeared in 63 of 64 games, averaging 44.7 yards while placing 99 of 296 punts inside-the-20 with 18 touchbacks.

Brown, 25, has appeared in 20 games with five starts the past two seasons with the Bears, catching 29 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown. Last year the 6-5, 243-pounder played in 14 contests with two starts and had 13 receptions for 129 yards.

The Bears claimed Brown off waivers from the Ravens on Oct. 24, 2016. He entered the NFL with Baltimore in 2015 as an undrafted free agent from James Madison.

With O'Donnell and Brown returning, the Bears have retained nine of their own free agents. They've re-signed outside linebacker Sam Acho, cornerback Prince Amukamara and offensive lineman Bradley Sowell; tendered receivers Cameron Meredith and Joshua Bellamy and nickel back Bryce Callahan; and placed a transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller.