Bears to release Charles Leno

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The Bears drafted Oklahoma State offensive lineman Teven Jenkins in the second round on Friday. It’s now looking like he’ll be the Week 1 starter at left tackle.

Chicago is releasing left tackle Charles Leno, according to multiple Monday reports. A former seventh-round pick, Leno started 93 consecutive games for Chicago dating back to 2015, making the 2018 Pro Bowl.

Leno was a seventh-round pick in 2014. His release will create $6.2 million against the Bears’ cap, though it will also result in $5.1 million in dead money. He was about to enter the final season of his four-year contract extension signed in Aug. 2017.

Leno, 29, may not be out of work for long, as there are still teams — like the Colts — looking for veteran tackle depth on their respective offensive lines following the draft.

9 responses to “Bears to release Charles Leno

  1. Leno would make a good guard. But he’s not an LT. Thanks for everything Charles and hope you find another team soon.

  2. Cutting Leno before Jimmy Graham to save cap money is yet another mistake, same as Kyle Fuller

  3. He simply wasn’t worth the money. Been regressing badly the past couple of seasons.

  4. Great guy and reliable from a health perspective. He outperformed his draft status for a couple years but has been mostly horrendous the last two. Too many drive-killing penalties, for a start. Godspeed.

  5. Just one of the many sub par left tackles the Bears have fielded Jamarcus Webb another seventh round pick Frank Omiyale reserve lineman put at LT Chris Williams (huge disappointment) Gabe Carmi (bust) the only decent guy they have had in the last 20 years was John Tait who they promised he’d play right tackle, Then you have terrible QB play and the QB gets the blame . It’s always been my theory that the Bears try to jump the process of building a offensive line then stick some poor QB behind a sub par line and then blame the QB

  6. He was an over achiever who was more reliable earlier in his career but old age and lack of athleticism caught up with him. The bears got their money’s worth but it’s time to cut bait and bring someone with a higher ceiling. Not sure who that is because if they are putting Jenkins at LT then in curious who will be the RT. The interior is already set. So I am guessing Ifedi will start at RT.

  7. So there is a God after all ? Joking aside, he played well enough to earn a paycheck then turned into a below average (sub-effort) player. Seems like a nice enough kid otherwise….

  8. Therell always be a team that values a player at a higher value than the former team. It wouldve been cool if he just came to Pace and said I started here I want to finish here, Ill take a paycut to stay and help out any way I can! Hed be a hell of a backup!

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