Bears release Omiyale, Adams

Posted March 01, 2012 @ 3:16 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bears parted with two veteran linemen Thursday as they continued to prepare for free agency, which begins March 13.

The team announced OT-OG Frank Omiyale has been released and also confirmed the release of DT Anthony Adams, which had been reported earlier this week.

"Cuts are never easy, but are a part of the evaluation process," Bears GM Phil Emery said in a statement released by the team. "We appreciate all that Anthony and Frank gave the Bears organization both on and off the field during their time in Chicago. We wish them the best moving forward."

Adams, 31, started 40 of the 63 games he played in since signing with the Bears before the 2007 season. He was inactive in four of the final six games of last season, though, and made a career-low 16 tackles.

A swing O-lineman that started games at guard and tackle for the Bears during his three seasons with the team, Omiyale was the team's starting left tackle when it made its run to the NFC championship game at the end of the ’10 season. He had one career start in four seasons before signing with the Bears, but made 31 starts over the past three seasons and played in every game.

The way we see it

Omiyale had a cap figure of $2.8 million this year and Adams had a cap figure of $2.75 million. Releasing them clears up an extra few million for Emery to work with in free agency.

The Bears were expected to part with both players this offseason.