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Bears bounce Bushrod

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The Bears have gotten a head start on getting the roster in order for 2016 by clearing out an offensive lineman.

Gone is tackle Jermon Bushrod, released Tuesday by the Bears.

“We thank Jermon for his contributions to the Bears,” G.M. Ryan Pace said in a news release.  “I have so much respect for how he carries himself on and off the field.  He was a locker room leader and contributor in helping the younger players on our team grow.  We wish him and his family the best as they move forward.”

Signed three years ago as a free agent from the Saints (where Pace previously worked in the front office), Bushrod was due to make $6.4 million in 2016. He has $4.4 million in signing bonus money that has not yet hit the cap; it automatically now will.

Bushrod started 16 games in 2013, 14 in 2014, but only four in 2015. An early season injury resulted in Bushrod losing his starting job to Charles Leno, a seventh-round pick two years ago.

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31 Responses to “Bears bounce Bushrod”
  1. cfos00 says: Feb 16, 2016 5:28 PM

    This was overdue. He was never anything above very average with the Bears. It should be a priority position in the draft/free agency.

  2. ariani1985 says: Feb 16, 2016 5:29 PM

    Will he be protecting the blind side of big John Football in green Bay next year?

  3. purplove1 says: Feb 16, 2016 5:44 PM

    The bears are going to the super bowl

  4. vikingforlife says: Feb 16, 2016 5:46 PM

    It’s funny, they same the same thing about every player they let go…. hmmmmmm, better watch out guys!

  5. greenbaychicksarefat says: Feb 16, 2016 5:51 PM

    OL & DL is where the Bears need to focus on in the draft

  6. ninefingers9 says: Feb 16, 2016 5:54 PM

    purplove1 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 5:44 PM
    The bears are going to the super bowl
    —-
    Said some guy in …1985

  7. hoops737 says: Feb 16, 2016 5:55 PM

    Glad the Saints didn’t re-sign this bum. Carl Nicks too.

    Both a product of Drew Brees and Sean Payton

  8. ncisagent says: Feb 16, 2016 5:56 PM

    purplove1 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 5:44 PM
    The bears are going to the super bowl

    Yeah. They will get tickets and sit in the stands next to the Packers.

  9. huh6016 says: Feb 16, 2016 5:58 PM

    Bushrod is a proven player that outplays himself, just ask somebody….. really…..

  10. kurdishpats1 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:12 PM

    I also have a Bush-Rod.

    Heyyyyoooohhh.

  11. chadman128 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:36 PM

    Hey Vikings fan when you suck it’s ok to let players go. Of all people you should know that by now. Lol

  12. whiteybulgersson says: Feb 16, 2016 6:37 PM

    Come to New England and win a ring with Tam Brady

  13. levanderwilliams says: Feb 16, 2016 6:37 PM

    Sign him philly!

  14. suhmonster90 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:44 PM

    This was a free agent bust from the start.

  15. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Feb 16, 2016 7:09 PM

    More cap increase, maybe Alshon is going to get paid.

  16. vikingforlife says: Feb 16, 2016 7:09 PM

    Curious, should they just save that exact article for the day Alshon moves on (just swap names out, of course)? Wonderful teammate, great, leader, blah, blah, blah…..

  17. 32raiderfan34 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:23 PM

    kurdishpats1 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:12 PM
    I also have a Bush-Rod.

    Heyyyyoooohhh

    ———————————————–
    Also with a Jerm-on it?

    Heyyyyoooohhh

  18. rojobirds says: Feb 16, 2016 7:50 PM

    If the Bears aren’t at least 9 – 7 next season, Pace gotta go.

  19. mongo3401 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:17 PM

    Don’t blame the. Outside of the ” experts ” the rest of the entire free world knew Bushrod sucked and that was on a good day. Next in line is Slauson. Plenary of better the. Average FAnguards out there. Let’s see if the FO finally spends some decent money in one.

  20. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says: Feb 16, 2016 8:19 PM

    vikingforlife says:
    Feb 16, 2016 5:46 PM

    It’s funny, they same the same thing about every player they let go…. hmmmmmm, better watch out guys!

    ______________________________________

    It’s funny, The Vikings still have ZERO Championships, yet their fans make fun of other teams out of jealousy because of a fluke season.

    55 years of failure and counting….

    ZERO.

  21. ariani1985 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:44 PM

    Who is going to be the first troll to bring up the facts that little erin Rogers has never won a OT game?

  22. moses74 says: Feb 16, 2016 9:46 PM

    Im a big Bears and Vikings fan. *Runs and hides*

  23. calvinthegreat82 says: Feb 16, 2016 10:53 PM

    Clearly Vikings fans are intimidated by other teams in the division because they know that their team is not anything to be feared. I can’t wait to watch the Lions and Bears beat the overrated Vikings next season and watch their fans cry!

  24. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 17, 2016 6:00 AM

    Let’s not forget that Little Erin Rodgers never won a game the Packers were trailing in the 4th quarter until last year.
    Send Clete Blakeman his envelope

  25. bassplucker says: Feb 17, 2016 8:41 AM

    The Bears do not have the pieces in place on the OL yet, by a long shot. Leno is serviceable at best at LT, RG was a liability all season long and I’m not convinced at all that Grasu is the future at C.

    The defense needs to get the bulk of Ryan Pace’s attention in terms of offseason talent upgrades but the OL is the definite weak link of the Bears offense.

  26. leatherface2012 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:05 AM

    packers will pick him up to replace lacy

  27. balt88 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:17 AM

    Bushrod wasn’t bad but he was a product of having Brees for a QB and Sean Peyton’s schemes.

    There is a long list of O-linemen that did very good in New Orleans but didn’t do near as well in other systems.

  28. vikingforlife says: Feb 17, 2016 9:45 AM

    Intimidated? Overrated? That is the funniest thing I have heard in weeks! Thank you for that. I love to hear stuff like that.

  29. whatjusthapped says: Feb 17, 2016 10:08 AM

    Bushrod was average on his best days, in other words, starting material for the Vikings.

  30. vikingforlife says: Feb 17, 2016 10:24 AM

    So, so funny again, you guys are just making my days! Division Champion Vikings vs. CELLAR DWELLAR bears, hmm, yeah, I guess that’s average, huh?

  31. atomicwaste says: Feb 17, 2016 11:10 AM

    “If the Bears aren’t at least 9 – 7 next season, Pace gotta go.”

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Pace inherited one of the worst teams in the league this past year in terms of cap room, player age, and player talent, not to mention the ridiculous Cutler-Emery contract. The team is one year removed from converting to a 3-4 defense and hasn’t even had a chance to build the proper personnel into their new defensive scheme.

    Pace has already made smart moves for the team as GM through a solid draft last year and free agency moves that didn’t sink the team. That said, this is a team with a lot of question marks on the roster. We have one solid LB in McPhee and that’s clearly not enough. We have no elite corners. No elite safeties. No elite pass rushers (maybe Houston — MAYBE). This defense won’t be built in a single off-season and the offense isn’t in top shape either, but it’s all what Pace has inherited, and it will take years to dig out of.

    He just needs the time to do it.

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