The Chicago Bears made one expected move and one confusing one on Monday night, cutting Michael Bush and Dante Rosario from the roster.
The decision to part ways with Bush was a fairly obvious one for GM Phil Emery, as the move will save the team $1.85 million in salary cap space. Unfortunately, the move also means that the Bears have to carry $2 million in dead money, but the price is worth it considering the poor season that Bush had during a resurgent 2013 season for the Bears’ offense.
The move that didn’t make sense was the jettisoning of Rosario from the roster. The team had just re-signed the tight end 12 days ago to a one-year contract, and it seems completely ridiculous to cut him loose on the eve of free agency. It wasn’t like the Bears were ever going to get any trade value for the tight end, so making sure to lock him up should have been a move only used to establish some depth at the position.
At any rate, the move gives the Bears just a tad more wiggle room as they get set for free agency to begin on Tuesday afternoon, and it will be interesting to see what kind of splashes they will make as window for new signings opens.