By Chris Emma–
(670 The Score) The Bears will release linebacker Jerrell Freeman, Pro Football Talk reported.READ MORE: Chicago Police Officer Released From Hospital After Being Shot In Shopping Center Parking Lot At North And Sheffield Avenues
Freeman, 31, played in just one game in 2017 and suffered a season-ending pectoral tear on the first play of the season. He was also dealt a second suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, a repeat from a penalty in 2016.
Freeman was signed by the Bears to a three-year, $12-million deal in March 2016, of which $6 million was guaranteed. The team is on the hook for only $500,000 in dead cap with the release of Freeman.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Pleasant Parade Weather Tuesday
The Bears were benefited by the emergence of second-year linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski in place of Freeman, who missed 19 games during his two seasons in Chicago. Kwiatkoski projects to start at inside linebacker alongside veteran Danny Trevathan.
Releasing Freeman marks the Bears’ first significant roster move of this offseason. The team could release several other players in the coming weeks to open cap space ahead of free agency.MORE NEWS: Indiana Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Crack Down On Harassing Robocalls, And Effort May Help In Illinois Too