Bears sign O’Donnell, Brown, Bray

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The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with punter Pat O’Donnell, tight end Daniel Brown and quarterback Tyler Bray.

O’Donnell has spent all four of his NFL seasons right here in Chicago after being drafted by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Miami, playing in all but one game from 2014-17. He is the Bears all-time record holder with a career 44.9 gross average and also holds the single-season record with the 47.0 average he posted in 2017, a mark that tied for fourth best in the NFC.

His longest punt of the 2017 season was a 69-yarder in the opener against the Falcons, which tied for the third-longest punt in the NFC during the regular season. Of his 87 punts, 27 were inside the 20. He also threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Benny Cunningham on a fake punt in Week 5 on Monday Night Football vs. the Vikings.

For his career, O’Donnell has played in 63 games for the Bears, recording 296 punts for 13,285 yards with 99 punts inside the 20. He also has kicked off six times in his career, three of those going for touchbacks. O’Donnell boasted a career-best 39.7 net punting average last season and in 2015 when he had a career-best 28 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Brown has spent the past two seasons primarily in Chicago before entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. Appearing in two games with Baltimore in 2016, Brown was released by the club in October and finished out the season in Chicago.

Since joining the Bears in 2016, Brown has appeared in 20 games (five starts), catching 29-of-40 targets for 253 yards (8.7 avg.) with 17 first down receptions and one touchdown. Collectively, his career numbers include 28 games (six starts) with 317 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Bray has spent the past five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, all under Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who served as both a quarterbacks coach and an offensive coordinator during Bray’s time with the club.

A native of Kingsburg, Calif., Bray appeared in one game with the Chiefs last season, a Week 17 road matchup with the Denver Broncos. Prior to his arrival in Kansas City, Bray was a three-year starter at the University of Tennessee during the 2010-12 seasons where he threw for 7,444 yards (265.9 ypg) with 69 touchdowns and a 145.0 quarterback rating.

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