Bears terminate S Craig Steltz

The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of six-year veteran safety Craig Steltz, the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2008.

The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of vested veteran S Craig Steltz.

Steltz appeared in 77 games with eight starts over six seasons (2008-13) with Chicago, notching 97 tackles (64 solo), one interception, two pass break ups, one sack, three forced fumbles and three tackles for losses. Steltz’s 58 career special teams tackles ranked second on the Bears since he joined the team in 2008 as a fourth round draft pick (120th overall).

Steltz, a special-teams stalwart the past six years, missed almost all of the team's offseason activities and training camp recovering from a hamstring injury. His inability to get back on the field likely played a big part in his release, despite his value on special teams.

Chicago’s roster is now down to 77 active players. The Bears must waive two more players by 3 p.m. tomorrow to meet the maximum 75-player roster limit.

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in 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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