Bears release Jermon Bushrod

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The Chicago Bears announced on Tuesday that they have released veteran offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod.

The move was somewhat expected. Bushrod suffered a concussion and shoulder injury against the Seahawks and then struggled to get back on the field. He got passed up on the depth chart by Charles Leno. Bushrod started just four games all season and the Bears clearly are in the midst of reshaping their roster in a youth movement.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Bushrod’s salary will count $4.4 million against the cap in 2016, but the Bears will save $2.2 in additional cap room.

The Bears signed Bushrod to a five-year contract in March of 2013, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in team history, according to ESPN.com. Bushrod spent his first six seasons in New Orleans protecting Drew Brees in the Saints’ high-powered offensive attack.

The Bears likely will address the offensive line in either free agency or the upcoming draft.

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