Bears' Release Veteran Corner Nathan Vasher

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIMarch 17, 2010

CHICAGO - 2009:  Nathan Vasher of the Chicago Bears poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by NFL Photos)
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After some very below-average years were Nathan Vasher struggled to stay healthy, the Bears decide it was time to part ways with the one-time Pro Bowler Nathan Vasher.

Vasher had his best season during the 2005-06 season in which he recorded 39 tackles and eight interceptions. He would play in the Pro Bowl that same season.

"Nate was a great teammate," said Zack Bowman, who replaced Vasher at cornerback. "It was amazing how he kept things so positive even though things really weren't going the way he wanted them to on the field.

"The guy never took a negative approach to anything. He constantly gave me pointers, gave me encouragement and passed on a lot of things that as a young guy I really benefited from. Not only did Vash play some good ball here in Chicago, he was an extremely popular guy in the locker room.

It's tough to see such a likable guy go, but it was a necessary move because Vasher's numbers and lack of durability did not make him worth the $3million owed to him next season.

To replace the open corner spot the Bears signed former Colts' cornerback Tim Jennings.