CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears is helped up by Frank Omiyale #68 as B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 27-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
In a move that surprised no one, the Bears released Frank Omiyale today. The oft-ridiculed Gate 68 was a high priced free agent in 2009 that moved around from tackle to guard to tackle. Current Bears GM Phil Emery was working in Atlanta as their director of college scouting when Omiyale was drafted by the Falcons.
Here's Emery on the moves:
"Cuts are never easy, but are a part of the evaluation process," Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. "We appreciate all that Anthony and Frank gave the Bears organization both on and off the field during their time in Chicago. We wish them the best moving forward."
And here's what the Tribune is reporting the Omiyale subtraction will save the Bears.
Omiyale was due to earn $2.1 million in the 2012 season and had a salary-cap figure of $2.8 million. The move saves the Bears about $1.35 million in cap room.
Any discrepancy on that cap number should be directed to Brad Biggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helmet tip to ChiTownSupremes for fanshotting it so quickly.