Podlesh was drafted by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft and was named as a Pro Bowl alternate last season after logging career highs in in average yards per kick (43.8) and net average (39.2.)
It wasn't clear if the Jaguars were going to work hard to retain Podlesh this offseason but the answer seems evident now as Podlesh quickly signed a five-year deal with the Bears and the Jags never seemed intent on bringing him back.
Now Jacksonville must decide what to do about the position. The Jaguars signed Virgnia Tech rookie punter Brian Saunders the other day and he could be an option. He was an All-ACC Second Team selection this past season and averaged 44 yards per punt.
However, Saunders tried out for the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks last month and did not make the team, so his value is questionable.
Look for the Jaguars to bring in one more punter to compete against Saunders during training camp.
One underrated aspect with Podlesh leaving is the fact that he was the place holder on field goal and extra point attempts for the Jaguars and he was pretty reliable.
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