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Bears take a look at four punters

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Even though the Bears worked out four punters today at Halas Hall, a source said he does not expect veteran Brad Maynard to be replaced this season.

Those working out included former Ohio State punter A.J. Trapasso, who was signed as a rookie free-agent by the Titans and has also spent time with Jets, Buccaneers, Broncos and the UFL's Hartford Colonials. Brent Bowden, a sixth-round pick of the Bucs in 2010, was also on hand, as was T.J. Conley, who was briefly with the Jets, and Dan Power.

Brad Maynard's contract expires after this season. The veteran has struggled at times, although he punted well in Sunday's game against the Jets. Maynard is currently ranked 20th in average and net average in the NFL.

The source said Maynard does not appear to be in danger of losing his job this season. He believes the Bears are just looking at punters they may want to compete against Maynard or some other veteran during the offseason or next season.

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I smell a rat.

Does anybody know if Is there anything routine about this? NFL punter tryout week or something? Why would the Bears be wasting their time right now looking at punters for next year?

They signed Toeaina and Mannelly this week. Do you suppose they tried to sign Maynard and he asked for more contract than the Bears wanted to do? Maybe this is some lame hardball tactic?

It just seems weird.

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