3. Pat O’Donnell
For the last five seasons, Pat O’Donnell has been an effective punter for the Chicago Bears. He isn’t a flashy punter on the field by any means, but his ability to miss only one game out of the 80 regular season contests the team played since 2014.
Last year, O’Donnell was 20th in average yards per punt at 45.0 yards and 17th in average net yards per punt with 39.7. While there’s nothing too impressive about those numbers, they do show that he is consistent when called upon.
O’Donnell holds two franchise records with the Bears: highest average yards per punt in his career and most yards per punt for his efforts during the 2017 NFL season. He also threw a 38-yard touchdown pass on a fake and is one-for-one on his pass attempts as a pro.
If the Bears do end up letting Pat O’Donnell walk, he could be one of the top options for the Vikings this offseason if they are unable to bring back Matt Wile. His balance of consistency with value makes him a prime candidate.