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Chicago Bears release Matt Slauson

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Veteran offensive guard Matt Slauson has played his last game for the Chicago Bears. Just minutes ago Slauson shared this message via his Instagram account, "I just want to say thank you to all the loyal #chicagobears fans out there for their support. And also to the organization for the opportunity they gave me to play the game I love and to be a Bear. It wasn't easy cleaning out my locker but I am thankful for the last few years wearing the blue and orange. #beardown"

Slauson filled in at center last year when starter Will Montgomery was injured. He was arguably the Bears best linemen last year starting all 16 games (12 at left guard and 4 at center). Releasing Slauson will give the Bears $835,000 n dead money and save them about $2.5 million in cap space.

With Slauson gone, this clears the path for rookie 2nd round draft pick Cody Whitehair to win the job. He'll need to compete with free agent pick up Ted Larsen, but many scouts pegged Whitehair as a day 1 starter when evaluating him.

Safety Antrel Rolle was also released today.

"We thank Matt and Antrel for the dedication and leadership they brought to our organization," Bears General Manager Ryan Pace said. "Both men did everything we asked of them. Part of growing as a team is making difficult decisions like the ones we made today. We never take them lightly given the respect we have for everyone who has put on a Bears uniform. We wish each of them the very best as they move forward."

Slauson was always a classy player.

What are your thoughts on the Bears parting ways with Slauson?