Bears release tight end Davis

The Chicago Bears’ signing Tuesday of tight end Martellus Bennett to a four-year, $20 million contract made Kellen Davis immediately expendable, and the former fifth-round draft pick from Michigan State was released Wednesday, a league source confirmed.

Davis never lived up to expectations despite being a big, athletic target. Last season, Davis caught 19 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns but had his share of drops. In five seasons with the Bears, he had 47 catches for 529 yards with 11 touchdowns. He started 35 of the 80 games he played in as a Bear.

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Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis makes a TD reception last season against Carolina. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune / October 28, 2012)

Davis had a $2.4 million base salary with a $100,000 workout bonus. He would have counted $3.85 million against the cap if on the team and now counts $1.35 million against the cap after being released.

The Bears still have to decide what to do with their other veteran tight end, Matt Spaeth. He has a base salary of $1.025 million with a $500,000 roster bonus and $100,000 workout bonus. Spaeth would count $1,958,334 against the cap if on the team and $333,334 against the cap if released.

Profootballtalk.com first reported the news of Davis being released.

By Vaughn McClure, Tribune reporter

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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