Bears begin reworking roster under Phil Emery

The Chicago Bears did their first bit of roster reworking under new general manager Phil Emery today.

Defensive tackle Anthony Adams and offensive tackle Frank Omiyale were released, clearing a little bit of salary-cap room but also getting rid of players that didn’t figure in the future plan.

Adams was signed to a $4.5 million, two-year contract last summer. His play fell off though, as he appeared in only 11 games and made just four starts. He was passed up by Matt Toeaina and rookie Stephen Paea, who both played nose tackle.

Like Adams, Omiyale had one year remaining on his contract. A starter at guard in 2009 and at left tackle in 2010, the 31-year-old Omiyale was relegated to a backup role this past season. He was due to earn $2.1 million this coming season and had a salary-cap number of $2.8 million.

The next news from the Bears could involve running back Matt Forte. The club is expected to place the franchise tag on him before Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

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