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Kahlil Bell refuses pay cut, gets cut by Bears


Kahlil Bell didn’t want to make $700,000 from the Bears this year. So instead he’ll make zero from the Bears this year, and hope to make something from some other team.

Bell has been released after he was asked to take a pay cut and refused, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. Bell had been scheduled to make $1.26 million this season, and the Bears asked him to play for $700,000 instead. Bell didn’t want to take a $560,000 pay cut, and so he asked the Bears to release him, and they did.

Bell, who has been with the Bears since he signed as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA in 2009, is apparently confident that some other team will pay him more than the Bears would have. Bell has shown some promise, including rushing for 121 yards in a Week 16 game against the Packers last season, but he has been ineffective during this year’s preseason.

The competition for the No. 3 running back position in Chicago, behind Matt Forte and Michael Bush, is now down to Lorenzo Booker and Armando Allen.

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31 Responses to “Kahlil Bell refuses pay cut, gets cut by Bears”
  1. prosb4hos says: Aug 23, 2012 7:03 PM

    The Raiders need this guy behind McFadden. Bad.

  2. joetoronto says: Aug 23, 2012 7:04 PM

    Let me think, 700 grand or zero, 700 grand or zero…..

  3. ninjapleazee says: Aug 23, 2012 7:05 PM

    Has great potential! Better than booker and allen.

  4. illiniftw says: Aug 23, 2012 7:06 PM

    Wow didnt see that coming! Wish Bell the best! He has looked decent when given a chance. Looking good for Booker to make the team now with that big return

  5. scoops1 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:10 PM

    he looked decent against the pack on christmas night

  6. neilpountney says: Aug 23, 2012 7:11 PM

    See for every MJD who wants a team to pay him more money there are 10 Kahlil Bell’s who teams want to pay less. The difference is MJD will get paid even at his existing level Bell got cut.

    Fans often complain about the MJD’s of this world but I never seem to see many supporting the Bells of this world.

  7. tucostacos says: Aug 23, 2012 7:20 PM

    Ha, the Pack can keep picking up the Bears scrap RB’s

  8. deepfreezerob says: Aug 23, 2012 7:21 PM

    Just take 1-94 east to M-39 South. You will play the Bears twice then

  9. larryboodry says: Aug 23, 2012 7:26 PM

    I always liked Bell, hope some other team will recognize his value.

  10. covercorner says: Aug 23, 2012 7:38 PM

    The Bears are GREEDY.

  11. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 23, 2012 7:38 PM

    Now he will end up signing for some team for the difference “about $560,000 lol

  12. bearsfan4life says: Aug 23, 2012 7:39 PM

    He fumbled too much. No matter where he lands if he can’t hold on to the ball he won’t be there long.

  13. byzr says: Aug 23, 2012 7:54 PM

    what a bone headed move. his agent is either terrible or just dumb.

  14. metalhead65 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:57 PM

    he will make less but he will get a chance to play some place else. if they paid him that much in the past not to play why would he take less to do the same?

  15. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 23, 2012 8:14 PM

    Running backs just don’t have any clout these days.
    They’re too interchangeable, except for the top two or three guys.
    Why pay a guy over a million to be a part time player when you can get the same thing for much less?

  16. sixburghrules says: Aug 23, 2012 8:16 PM

    Let me think, 700 grand or zero, 700 grand or zero…..
    When you think about the agents cut and taxes and other expenses it really is in the realm of 500K or less. Not chump change but certainly not worth putting your health on the line for!

  17. lorddarkhelmet says: Aug 23, 2012 8:18 PM

    He can take over nicely for Best

  18. 1nationraidernation says: Aug 23, 2012 8:19 PM


  19. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 23, 2012 8:43 PM

    The Bears couldn’t have gotten even a measly 7th for him? C’mon man.

    A lot of teams are hurting at HB (Pats, Bengals, Steelers…), and trading him would have guaranteed not landing in Det or GB.

  20. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:47 PM

    With all their injuries, he could end up a Steeler.

  21. chi01town says: Aug 23, 2012 8:55 PM

    Bell should have stayed in Chicago 700.000 plus a Super bowl ring was a good offer. The Bears are primed to WIN the Super bowl an Bell asked to be cut. Now he has nothing… an no real promise that he will get picked up because he fumble to much

  22. fdugrad says: Aug 23, 2012 9:04 PM

    It is difficult to imagine another team offering him a substantially larger amount, if any. I do not understand his, or his agent’s reasoning. It is another example of players and their advisors not living in reality. I wish him no ill whatsoever. As a matter of fact, I know nothing about him, however it appears as though he is sticking his neck out quite a long way.

  23. mljohns says: Aug 23, 2012 10:22 PM

    Where are all the people on here that usually kill players about “honoring their contracts”. It’s a business and both sides have to use whatever weapons at their disposal to get what they want. I wish Bell the best, as long as it’s not against my team.

  24. Christian says: Aug 23, 2012 11:24 PM

    1.5 mil for a backup running back? Good move, Bears. Bell was worth 700k at most.

  25. kyplayer19 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:30 PM

    Lets see, Your an undrafted free agent competing
    for the 3rd string back up, and you feel that you have leverage. So much for that degree from UCLA. You are gonna need it!!!

  26. jkaflagg says: Aug 23, 2012 11:31 PM

    Wonder if he realized that is wasn’t really a “request”…..if not, Kahlil probably needs a new agent…..

  27. barbeaux says: Aug 24, 2012 12:02 AM

    I’ll play for 300,000 a year.

  28. joetoronto says: Aug 24, 2012 5:00 AM

    sixburghrules says:
    Aug 23, 2012 8:16 PM
    Let me think, 700 grand or zero, 700 grand or zero…..
    When you think about the agents cut and taxes and other expenses it really is in the realm of 500K or less. Not chump change but certainly not worth putting your health on the line for!
    Yup, zero gets it done though.


  29. harry1941 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:55 AM

    I hope the Jets pick him up.

  30. chi01town says: Aug 24, 2012 3:04 PM

    The 700.000 the Bears would have paid Bell was as good as it gets… I dont think any other team will offer him much more than that. He is a second string running back at best an he should have stayed in Chicago an got a Superbowl ring this season

  31. respectgsh says: Aug 24, 2012 6:17 PM

    Anywhere but Green Bay. The guy wants to play. If he doesn’t get more $ this year, he is betting on himself to impress GMs with more touches somewhere else. Though it weakens the Bears I can’t blame the guy for taking a shot and I hope he does well just not in the NFC North. Bears should have seen this coming when he didn’t report for OTAs. They should have drafted a back in like round 6 or 7. Chris Polk went undrafted and Philly signed him.

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