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Bears replace PK Edinger with Brien

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (May 22, 2005) -- The Chicago Bears released kicker Paul Edinger as expected, less than two weeks after signing Doug Brien.

Edinger, coming off one of his worst seasons, had asked for his release. He scored 67 points for the league's worst offense and made 15 of 24 field goal attempts in 2004. But Edinger is one of only four kickers in team history to score 100 points in a season, a feat he accomplished twice.

Brien was cut by the Jets in April after they drafted a kicker.

"We feel good about the direction of our kicking position and Paul will have the opportunity to join another team's offseason program well before training camp," general manager Jerry Angelo said.

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