After the NFL Draft, Bears cut safety Antrel Rolle: reports

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Antrel Rolle warms up before a Bears game in 2015.

CHICAGO – When you make six of your nine picks in this past weekend’s NFL Draft on the defensive side of the ball, a few guys are going to have to go.

That appears to be the case on Sunday as the Bears have said goodbye to one of their veteran players.

Per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team has released veteran safety Antrel Rolle after just one season with the franchise.

Hampered by injuries, Rolle played in just seven games last season and made 35 tackles with one pass deflection. The safety injured his knee in a practice before the Broncos game in November and never returned to the lineup. Rolle was officially placed on Injured Reserve on December 15th.

Ironically the Bears drafted a safety out of Rolle’s college home in the draft, Deon Bush. He will likely be one of those competing for playoff time in a wide open race for the starting Bears’ safety spot in the spring and summer.