One day after the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft, in which the Bears infused their roster with fresh young talent, the team announced that they have parted ways with veteran safety Antrel Rolle and offensive guard Matt Slauson.
The writing was on the wall for Rolle after the Bears drafted three defensive backs in this weekend’s draft — safeties Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson and cornerback Deiondre’ Hall, who could transition to safety if he can’t make the leap to NFL cornerback.
Rolle played just one season for the Bears and managed to stay on the field for only seven games due to injury. He was placed on injured reserve in December due to a knee injury.
Slauson, meanwhile, played three years with the Bears, starting all 16 games in 2013 and 2015. His 2014 season was cut short due to a torn pectoral muscle, limiting his season to five games. His job looked to be in jeopardy after the Bears brought in a pair of swing guards, Manny Ramirez and Ted Larsen, in free agency. Slauson was thrown into center duties last year when Hroniss Grasu suffered injury, but the Bears didn’t need three options behind Grasu.
The Bears also drafted rookie guard Cody Whitehair in the second round of this year’s draft, all but finalizing Slauson’s release.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace clearly is putting his stamp on this team and bringing in players that fit head coach John Fox’s scheme.