Bears sign punter

Not that Brad Maynard's job is in jeopardy, but when backup Steve Fitts went down with a knee sprain in the preseason opener, so Chicago wanted to add depth at punter. The Bears signed punter Daniel Pope to a one-year contract Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pope will share punting duties with Maynard throughout the remainder of the preseason. The move was deemed necessary when Fitts went down on a blocked punt against the Broncos.

Pope last played in the New York Jets organization, signing with the team for one week in September and again from February through April of 2002 before being released. The 5-10, 203 pounder out of Alabama played for Cincinnati in 2000, punting for the Bengals in all 16 games with 94 punts with a net of 33.1 yards per punt and a long of 57 yards. In 1999, Pope punted for the Kansas City Chiefs with 101 punts with a net of 35.1 ypp with a long of 64 yards.

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