Source: Bears discuss adding punter

Updated: February 9, 2011, 2:33 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears discussed signing punter Richmond McGee to a reserve/futures contract, but they are not ruling out re-signing veteran unrestricted free agent Brad Maynard, a league source said on Wednesday.

The Chicago Tribune reported McGee, who has had three previous stints with the Bears, will re-join the team by the end of the week.

Since most teams carry two punters in the offseason, McGee, who is held in high regard by Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub, may be nothing more than a camp leg.

McGee hasn't kicked for another NFL team since he attended training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008.

Maynard, 37, still is considered one of the best directional punters in the NFL. He has landed 407 punts inside the 20-yard line during a 14-year career (24 punts in 2010), which is the second most in the NFL since they started keeping the statistic in 1976. But he ranked at the bottom of the league with an average of 40.1 yards per punt with a net average of 35.2 yards.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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