With the additional roster spot the Bears claimed P Brooks Barnard off of waivers to the 53-man roster. He signed with the Bears as undrafted free agent following the 2003 NFL Draft, went to training camp and was released Aug. 24.
He signed with New England Dec. 3, handled punting duties in the snow against Miami (10 punts, 36.5 average, one touchback, four inside-the-20, 32.5 net, long of 49) and was released Dec. 12. Barnard punted 11 times for the Bears in the preseason, averaging 43.4 yards per punt with a net of 37.3. The 6-3, 195 pounder out of Maryland also had two touchbacks, landed three punts inside-the-20 with a long punt of 62 yards.
It's unclear what Barnard's role will be at this time, but there is a chance he could be used a kickoff specialist as Paul Edinger continues to get depth with his attempts.