Bears release DT Mike Wells

LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears released veteran defensive tackle Mike Wells.

Wells, who started 63 of Chicago's last 64 games, led the Bears defensive line in tackles for the second consecutive season with 64 stops in 2000. The 6-3, 315-pounder out of Iowa was originally drafted in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft by Minnesota and went on to play four seasons in Detroit (1994-97).

He was acquired by Chicago in 1998 as an unrestricted free agent after starting 16 games for the Lions in 1997. In his three-year stay in Chicago, Wells recorded 246 tackles, forced three fumbles, had five sacks and one interception.

"I had a great three years in Chicago," Wells said. "I just wish we could have won more games. I was treated well by the fans and the organization. I admire the guys on the team and wish them well this season."

Bears General Manager Jerry Angelo will be available for comment tonight at 6 p.m. at Halas Hall.

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