Bears bounce Anthony Adams

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The Bears are believed to have as much as $28 million in 2012 salary cap space.  Whatever the number, they now have $1.9 million more.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears have cut defensive tackle Anthony Adams.  The nine-year veteran was due to earn $1.9 million in 2012, the final year of his contract.

Adams started 16 regular-season games and both postseason games in 2010.  He also was named a recipient of the team’s annual Brian Piccolo Award, along with tackle J’Marcus Webb.

Last year, Adams had only 11 appearances and four starts.

Because he’s a vested veteran, Adams immediately becomes a free agent.  Like cornerback Stanford Routt, who signed last week with the Chiefs after being cut by the Raiders, Adams doesn’t have to wait until March 13 at 4:00 p.m. to join a new team.

11 responses to “Bears bounce Anthony Adams

  1. Very strange. I thought Adams played well in ’09 and ’10. They have hopes for Paea but still – a solid veteran that fits the scheme for little cap room? Strange. I guess they’re doing him a solid but I’m surprised.

  2. There’s this move and also talk about restructuring Cutler and Briggs to make more cap space now.

    Sounds like they’re trying to free up as much money as possible to take care of Forte and whatever big free agents they bring into town.

  3. Not surprised by the move. He was being edged out and on the wrong side of 30. There’s no point to pay for Adams to be your 3rd or 4th DT when you can find someone to fill a similar role for far cheaper. Toeaina and Paea should be fine on the nose for them.

    I think the general assumption is that they’ll keep Forte at all costs and then go after a vet WR (Jackson seems like the hot name to be tied to them), but do they go after another big ticket item beyond that? I’ll be curious what their decision is on Idonije. They really don’t have much depth, as Wootton still hasn’t shown enough. If they let Idonije go, my guess is that they are going to splurge on a FA defensive end … but two high ticket defensive ends seem awfully costly, particularly if you go after a WR and have to sign Forte down.

    Adams can still play, though. He’d be a nice depth guy for some teams.

  4. This move makes sense; he is simply the odd man out of the group which includes Toeaina, Paea and Melton.

    But judging by the reactions of beat writers and players, his humor, leadership and candor will be missed in the locker room.

  5. asublimeday says: Feb 27, 2012 1:21 AM

    Say it with me: Peppers and Mario Williams!

    Goodnight Rogers and stafford
    It’s a really, really nice thought, though I doubt it happens.

  6. When are they going to release lovie smith for not being able to coach?
    …and when do you think he’ll ever be able to learn how to manage a clock??? They need to hire a “clock coordinator” for this guy ’cause he clueless!

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