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Bears expected to release Matt Toeaina

Matt Toeaina AP

The Bears made a couple of big additions on Monday with the signings of tight end Martellus Bennett and tackle Jermon Bushrod, which means they need to make some cuts elsewhere to keep themselves in a position to bid on players they might like to add to their team.

Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina is expected to become a victim of that desire. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Toeaina is on his way out of a job after refusing to take a pay cut.

Toeaina is set to makeĀ a $760,000 base salary, with a $290,000 roster bonus and $75,000 workout bonus. That’s hardly a gold-plated contract, but Toeaina is coming off a year when he played just three games last year after losing his starting job and injured his knee. The Bears can get something similar for less money and, for now, they gain $1.125 million in salary cap space.

Toeaina is currently in Rome, per Jensen, and will have to start hunting for a job when he’s back in the states unless he winds up landing that opening in the Vatican everyone’s been talking about.

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6 Responses to “Bears expected to release Matt Toeaina”
  1. whatnojets says: Mar 13, 2013 12:53 PM

    Pope Pago Pago????
    Interesting

  2. moeman79 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:55 PM

    Ehh we were fine without him

  3. jrock3x8 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:08 PM

    2012 Tackles

    Matt Toeina 4
    Jay Cutler 2

  4. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Mar 13, 2013 1:16 PM

    I think that Rex Ryan may be interested in adding him to the Jets squad.

  5. beelicker says: Mar 13, 2013 2:20 PM

    Same with the Bengals having possible interest & where the Bears originally pilfered him from their practice squad when he was a 2007 6th round rookie.

    Although the Bengals have locked up their 2012 D line rotation so far (all except for DT Fat Pat Sims) plus they have last year’s twin rookie DTs 2nd rounder Devon Still & 3rd rounder Brandon Thompson waiting in the wings …

  6. larryboodry says: Mar 13, 2013 2:45 PM

    Not a good day for Bears fringe players named Matt.

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