Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has made some tough personnel decisions so far during the 2013 offseason.
Some of those decisions were also incredibly unpopular.
Regardless of how his moves are perceived by the public, Emery has done what he feels is best to build a championship team under the salary cap. He is thorough and businesslike in his approach to building a team. No player comes back if he isn’t worth the price. Unfortunately, his calculations mean some popular and productive players have to leave Chicago.
The franchise will miss a few of those players just as much as the fans will. Some of those salary cap casualties were important contributors on offense and defense.
Chicago has not re-signed Lance Louis or Israel Idonije, but both players are still on the free-agent market. Since it’s still possible for them to return to Chicago, neither player is eligible for this list.
Nick Roach signed with the Oakland Raiders this offseason (via NFL.com), but Emery has been active in free agency since then. NFL.com reported later in March that the Bears signed two quality linebackers: former Bronco D.J. Williams and former Panther James Anderson.
Roach was a versatile player, but the Bears have more than adequately replaced him.
Offensive duds Kellen Davis and Jason Campbell will certainly not be missed in Chicago. While Campbell could be better under different circumstances, Davis’ inability to catch the ball made him a popular target of criticism for disappointed fans.
There are three other departures that the Bears will definitely feel in the upcoming season.