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Bears officially release Marcus Cooper

Another member of the 2017 free agency class has had their contract terminated.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Chicago Bears Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The 2017 NFL free agency period is certainly a time of which Ryan Pace surely would like to forget. Along with fellow signees Mike Glennon and Markus Wheaton, defensive back Marcus Cooper has been informed his contract has been terminated. The Chicago Bears officially announced the news from their twitter account just moments ago.

Cooper leaves the team after finishing just his first year into a three-year deal signed last year. Originally signed as one of two projected starters at corner, Cooper eventually was benched in favor of a resurgent Kyle Fuller. He recorded a total of 18 tackles and 3 passes defensed in 4 starts.

His most memorable moment as a Bear, was the notorious almost touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. From that moment forward, it almost seemed destined that he would not play out the remainder of his contract. With Prince Amukamara re-signed to a three year deal, and a long-term deal in the works for Fuller, Cooper’s presence was no longer needed.

The termination of his contract creates a projected $4.5 million in cap space.