Chicago Bears waive Trenton Gill

The Chicago Bears waived player Trenton Gill on Wednesday.

This move was expected after they drafted Iowa player Tory Taylor in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

During his two years in Chicago, Gill averaged 46.1 yards per punt, the highest in franchise history, while his net average of 38.5 ranked third all-time. These numbers may look good from a historical perspective, but expectations for punting have changed drastically in recent years.

During the 2023 season, Gill ranked 25th in the NFL in average and 33rd in net average (among qualified players). In fact, only one player who punted last year had a worse net average than Gill's 38.0, and that was Minnesota kicker Greg Joseph, who had a -3 yard net average on his only punt of the 2023 season.

Taylor brings a tremendous leg to the Bears and was one of the most accurate players in college football during his three years with the Hawkeyes.

The Bears also have left-hander Corliss Waitman on the offseason roster, but his days are numbered as that is Taylor's job.

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