The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of vested veteran RB Michael Bush.
Bush has started 20 of 89 games played in seven seasons with Oakland (2007-11) and Chicago (2012-13) rushing for 3,250 yards on 809 carries (4.0 ypc) with 29 touchdowns. He has added 1,010 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 104 receptions (9.7 ypr)
In two seasons with the Bears, Bush had 177 rushing attempts for 608 yards (3.4 ypc) and eight touchdowns, adding 13 receptions for 131 yards (10.1 ypr) and a touchdown in 28 games played (with one start).
The Chicago Bears continue to bring back their own players on the eve of free agency. The team re-signed Defensive Tackle Nate Collins and veteran Quarterback Jordan Palmer Sunday evening. The club’s official release is below:
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with DT Nate Collins and QB Jordan Palmer on one-year contracts.
Collins has appeared in 27 games with two starts over four seasons with Jacksonville (2010-11) and Chicago (2012-13), recording 34 tackles – including 1.5 sacks and two tackles for losses – two pass break ups and a fumble recovery. In 2013, Collins appeared in five games for the Bears with two starts, recording a career-high 13 tackles, one sack and three quarterback hits before being placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury.
The 6-2, 296-pound Collins entered the NFL with the New York Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Virginia.
Continuing a roster makeover in an effort to both create salary space and fill numerous defensive holes, the Chicago Bears waved goodbye to former kick returner Devin Hester.
After Hester broke the news on the NFL Network Wednesday evening, the Bears released an official statement, confirming the move in essence and thanking Hester for his efforts. The club’s press release is below:
The Chicago Bears informed standout KR/PR Devin Hester that the team would not be re-signing him for the 2014 season.
“For the past eight seasons we have been honored to have Devin Hester as a part of our organization,” Chicago Bears General Manager Phil Emery said. “While Devin has redefined the pinnacle standard of the return position in the NFL, the memories and contributions he has given us cannot be measured by stats or numbers.