The Bears Release Frank Omiyale and Anthony Adams

By Chris Wickersham

Yesterday the Chicago Bears have released veterans DL Anthony Adams and OL Frank Omiyale. The Adams release we knew over the weekend when news slipped at the scouting combine. Adams, himself said the Bears were going to release him. Adams, who the Bears picked up in 2007 will save the Bears about 1.15 million in cap space room heading into the off-season. Adams is a great
guy and I expect a team to pick him up. As he’s only 31 years old and isn’t too old to still contribute to a contending club. Adams did not play much toward the 2nd half of the season as he was not producing and he entered Lovie Smith’s doghouse.

When I say Adam is a good guy … he went out at the best way possible: Adams tweeted ‘You all have been phenomenal to my family and my growth! Chicago will always have a place in my heart. It is the city that loved me for 5yrs!” and “Special Thank You to #RichardDent for allowing me to wear #95! I did not feel comfortable wearing it, but you were so cool about it!”

In more of not surprising news, the Bears have let go of offensive lineman Frank Omiyale. The Bears signed him at the start of the 2009 free agency. Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo gave him too much for being a back-up OL. He did prove to be a back-up and his producing was not great. Cutler was afraid when he was on the field as he allowed a lot of sacks and a break down on the OL. Omiyale was due to make 2.1 million in 2012 and a cap number of 2.8 million. In releasing Omiyale, the Bears will save 1.35 millionin cap-savings.

With the release of both Adams and Omiyale, the Bears have saved 2.5 million in cap-savings.

Phil Emery had a few words to say after the release of both players … “cuts are never easy, but are a part of the evaluation process” and “we appreciate all that Anthony and Frank gave the Bears organization on and off the field during their time in Chicago. We wish them the best going forward.”

More releases could come, but now known yet. Also, Monday is the deadline to franchise players. Matt Forte being the guy who the Bears could franchise. If a long-term contract is not reached by then.

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