In a mild surprise, it would appear that the Chicago Bears are releasing safety Harold Jones-Quartey who started twelve games for them last year. He was also their second leading tackler, behind only inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman. During his two year Bears’ career, he has appeared in 29 games with 16 starts.
He was claimed off waivers in 2015 after being part of the final cut down of the Arizona Cardinals. He was originally an undrafted free agent from the University of Findlay,
Besides playing 68% of the Bears’ snaps on defense last season, Jones-Quartey chipped in with 25.2% of their snaps on special teams.
He was slowed by an ankle injury this off season, plus when you factor in free agent Quintin Demps and promising rookie Eddie Jackson, you can see why his roster spot was in jeopardy.
Andrew summed up the Bears’ releasing a former starter perfectly right here,