The Chicago Bears saved $2.7 million in salary cap room in releasing veteran safety Antrel Rolle, whose departure from the team was reported on Twitter by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bears released veteran safety Antrel Rolle, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 1, 2016
The 11-year veteran was limited to just seven games in 2015 due to knee and ankle injuries. Even when he was healthy, he did not appear to be a good fit in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s system and had just 35 tackles and one pass breakup, a far cry from the hard-hitting style of play that made him a household name with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants.
Last season could be written off as a fluke due to his injuries, but Rolle is also 33 years old now. Even though he is a three-time Pro Bowler, odds are greater than none that he has very little left in the tank now.
Still, Rolle is a fine leader and has proven to be great when healthy, so perhaps there is one team that will give him another shot for the 2016 season. Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on this story!
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