Chicago Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams told Jeff Dickerson and Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago that the team will release him. The move is Chicago's first personnel transaction with new GM Phil Emery leading the front office.
Adams, 31, joined the Bears in 2007 after spending the first four years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. In 2010, he started all 16 games for the Bears as they made their way to the NFC Championship Game, tallying 33 tackles and two sacks during the regular season.
In 2011, Adams appeared in 11 games but made only four starts. He made 13 tackles, but failed to record a single sack or forced fumble. He was set to enter the final year of a two-year contract that would give him $1.9 million in base salary for 2012 with a salary cap hit of $2.65 million.
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