Report: Bears to release veteran LB Jerrell Freeman

By Vincent Frank

When Jerrell Freeman came to the Chicago Bears as a free agent back in 2016, most figured he would play a huge role in the team’s rebuild on defense.

For a good four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Freeman was considered one of the most underrated linebackers in the game. His first season with Chicago was exceptional, with the veteran recording 110 tackles and four passes defended.

He’s now going to hit free agency in an attempt to find other work. The Bears are reportedly to release the veteran after he missed all but one game last season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Despite an injury-plagued 2017 campaign, Freeman will likely draw a ton of interest in free agency. He’ll be 32 years old at the start of next season and recorded a minimum of 110 tackles in each of his first five years in the NFL.

For the Bears’ part, they save $3.5 million against the cap next season by releasing Freeman.