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Bears release 2015 third-round pick Hroniss Grasu

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Grasu played in 14 games in his Bears career and started in 12 of them.

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The former Oregon Duck will have to look for a new team after he was released on Sunday.
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The Chicago Bears have released center Hroniss Grasu, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported. The move was made to create a space on the 53-man roster for edge rusher Khalil Mack.

Grasu, 27, was the team’s third-round pick in 2015, Ryan Pace’s first draft as the general manager of the Bears. The two-time All-American started and played in eight games in his rookie season, replacing Will Montgomery in the starting lineup. Grasu tore his ACL in August of 2016, ending his sophomore campaign before it even began. The injury prompted Cody Whitehair to move to center and with the late addition of Josh Sitton at guard, would eventually force Grasu out of the starting lineup.

Grasu would see some playing time in 2017 due to injuries on the offensive line: he started in four of the six games he played last year. However, it became apparent that his play was not good enough to warrant a long-term starting spot, and his inability to play anywhere other than center affected his value significantly as a backup offensive lineman.

There were rumors that the Bears were trying to trade Grasu, which may have been the reason that they chose to wait until after Saturday to release him.

Make sure to keep track of all of Chicago’s moves today in our practice squad and waiver claim tracker.

Jacob Infante is a Chicago Bears and NFL Draft writer at SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron. He also covers the NFL Draft for USA Today SMG’s Draft Wire. He can be reached through Twitter @jacobinfante24 or e-mailed at jacobinfante1208@gmail.com.