Bears to release veteran LB Jerrell Freeman

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Releasing Freeman will save the team $3 million of it's cap space in 2018, and declining Sitton's option freed up around $8 million, according to Spotrac.

General manager Ryan Pace called Sitton on Tuesday to inform him of the club's decision, which comes after news the team is terminating the contract of inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman.

Freeman performed well early in his Bears career, compiling 110 tackles in 12 games, but he was suspended four tilts for PED use in 2016. The Bears were pleased with Nick Kwiatkoski's performance in his place, playing alongside Danny Trevathan.

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Sitton was a Pro Bowler in 2012, 2014 and 2015 with the Packers and again in 2016 in his first season with Chicago.

The 31-year-old Sitton, who missed the final two games of last season with an ankle injury, told the Chicago Tribune that he has "prime years left", and intends to play next season.?

Sitton is a four-star and won a Super Bowl as a member of the Packers during the 2010-11 season.

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Eric Kush entered last season as the Bears' top backup at guard, but he missed the season with a torn hamstring.

To take his place. the Bears could eye star Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, who played for new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand in college, in the April draft. Long had neck surgery in December of 2017.

Sitton, 31, will test the free agency market for the second time in three years.

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