The Bears freed up some cap space today by releasing back-up RB Michael Bush. It wasn’t much of a surprise considering that Bush had the 13th highest cap number for running backs in the NFL and only got 63 carries last year. Bush was signed as a short yardage specialist but struggled in that role. The Bears preferred to keep the more versatile Matt Forte on the field in most situations and it didn’t make much sense to keep a guy on the roster making just under $3M without a defined role. Releasing Bush frees up $1.85M in cap room for the Bears to use in free agency.
The Bears also released back-up TE Dante Rosario, which is a strange move since they just resigned him to a one-year deal two weeks ago (2/28). Maybe they have a free agent move lined up tomorrow that required a little extra cash? Or maybe they have a deal lined up with another free agent tight end? It’s rare to see a team cut a guy that they just signed, but maybe more details will surface over the next few days.