Bears release Michael Bush

After signing him to a four-year, $14 million deal two seasons ago, the Chicago Bears have waived backup running back Michael Bush.

One of Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery's first personnel moves in free agency was the signing of running back Michael Bush at the start of the 2012 season. After four productive years in Oakland, and coming of a 977-yard campaign in 2011, Bush was expected to be the thunder to Matt Forte's lightning.

Instead, he was a light drizzle on a mostly-clear day.

Bush set career lows in yardage and yards per carry in successive seasons while in Chicago. Despite playing 15 games last year, he finished with just 197 rushing yards and was extremely inconsistent in short-yardage situations.

As a result, the Bears have waived Bush.

The Bears owe Michael Bush $2 million in dead money, all of which will count toward the 2014 salary cap. Yet they club will still save $1.85 million in cap space by cutting him, and could raise that to $2.85 million in savings if they designate him a June 1 cut.

The team also released tight end Dante Rosario, whom they re-signed on February 27. It's a curious move, considering Rosario hasn't stepped on a football field or landed on the police blotter the past two weeks.

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is entering his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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