(CBS) The Bears released left tackle Jermon Bushrod on Tuesday afternoon, bringing his three-year career in Chicago to an end.

The move comes after Bushrod was primarily relegated to second-string duty in 2015, when he played in 12 games but started just four as Charles Leno Jr. emerged at left tackle. Cutting Bushrod will save the Bears about $4.3 million in cap space as well.

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“We thank Jermon for his contributions to the Bears,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. “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.”

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Bushrod, 31, started 30 games for the Bears across 2013 and 2014 before sliding on the depth chart. He originally signed a five-year deal worth nearly $36 million in 2013 to come to Chicago.

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With Bushrod gone, the Bears could turn to Leno at left tackle again or shift right tackle Kyle Long to the blind side to protect quarterback Jay Cutler.