Sources: Butler informed of release

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears notified punter Drew Butler of his release on Sunday, according to multiple NFL sources.

Butler is the son of former Bears kicker Kevin Butler.

Apparently, the club’s recent acquisition of Pat O’Donnell in the sixth round of the NFL draft made Butler expendable. In addition to O’Donnell, the Bears also have left-footed punter Tress Way on the roster.

Butler was one of six punters to work out at Halas Hall last Oct. in the wake of former Bears punter Adam Podlesh finishing with a 28.8-yard net average on five punts in a loss to the Detroit Lions. The group included T.J. Conley, Chris Kluwe, Mat McBriar, Brian Moorman, and Way.

Butler came into the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and spent two seasons there before signing last December with the Bears.