The de-facto Chicago Bears cut day has claimed another victim, as Michael Bush finds himself removed from the roster. Another report has the team trying to trade defensive end Julius Peppers in an attempt to get any final value out of the 2010 free agency prize.
#Bears are terminating contract of RB Michael Bush— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 10, 2014
Bears calling around the league, seeing if they can find a trade partner for DE Julius Peppers, per sources. Trade unlikely...— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2014
Bush's two years as a Chicago Bear provided 177 rushing attempts for 608 yards and eight touchdowns, including a then-career low 3.6 yards per carry in 2012 followed by a new career low 3.1 yards per carry in 2013, as he was primarily used in short-yardage. Bush was set to make 3.85 million this season, but the Bears will recognize cap savings of 1.85 million and cash savings of 2.85 million.
Peppers' four years as a Bear netted three interceptions with 38 sacks and ten forced fumbles, including two years of at least 11 sacks, and three Pro Bowl nominations.
Michael Wright thinks a trade won't happen, and given the contract Peppers has, I'm inclined to agree with him, so, expect to see his name hitting the cutting block at some point as well.