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Chicago Bears release Jermon Bushrod

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In a move that was expected, the Chicago Bears have released offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod. Here's the statement issued from general manager Ryan Pace. "We thank Jermon for his contributions to the Bears, I have so much respect for how he carries himself on and off the field. He was a locker room leader and contributor in helping the younger players on our team grow. We wish him and his family the best as they move forward."

Bushrod started all 16 games his first year in Chicago (2013), but injuries limited him to 14 starts in 2014. Last season he started the first three games before another injury sidelined him, leading to 2nd year pro Charles Leno Jr. taking over at left tackle. Bushrod picked up one other start as a 6th offensive lineman last year, appearing in 12 total games.

Had Bushrod remained on the Bears in 2016, his cap hit would have been $8,700,000. By cutting him the Bears save $4.3 million.

The NFL transactions list for today gives a failed physical as the reason the Bears released Bushrod.