The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of punter Adam Podlesh with immediate effect.
Podlesh, who had spent three years with the franchise, is now available to any teams seeking a punter this offseason.
The seven year league veteran had two years remaining on his current deal which he signed in 2011 and the decision to cut him will mean the Bears absorb around $800,000 in dead money for the privilege.
Last season saw Podlesh struggle as he registered a career-low average of 40.6 yards and the 30-year old departure leaves the Bears with two recognised punters on their roster at present - Tres Way and Drew Butler.
Podlesh thanked the franchise and the Bears fans in a tweet today:
"A sincere thank you to the Bears organization and fans for the opportunity to represent a first class franchise and city.”
The player had previously spent four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars