Bears release offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod

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Jermon Bushrod was released by the Bears on February 16th.

LAKE FOREST – When signed in 2013 the Bears figured he might be a permanent solution at left tackle for the franchise.

But three years into his five-year, $35 million dollar contract, the Bears have decided that Jermon Bushrod is not the permanent solution protecting Jay Cutler’s blindside.

On Tuesday afternoon the Bears announced they are releasing the offensive tackle with two years left on his contract. He was due 6.5 million dollars for the 2016 season.

“We thank Jermon for his contributions to the Bears,” Bears General Manager Ryan Pace said in a statement released through the team.  “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.”

After starting 30 games in his first two seasons with the Bears, Bushrod was only in the lineup four times this season under new head coach John Fox. Struggling with back issues during training camp, Bushrod started the first three games of the regular season before injuring his shoulder before Week 4.

Second year player Charles Leno Jr. stepped in for him at the left tackle spot and remained the starter for the rest of the year.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Saints, Bushrod played six seasons with the New Orleans Saints and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He was also a starter late in the 2009 season and the Saints’ run to the Super Bowl XLIV title.