The Chicago Bears today have waived veteran offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod.
“We thank Jermon for his contributions to the Bears,” Bears GM Ryan Pace said in a statement. “I have so much respect for how he carries himself on and off the field. He was a locker room leader and contributor in helping the younger players on our team grow. We wish him and his family the best as they move forward.”
According to the NFL's official waiver wire, he was waived due to a "Failed Physical" due to his shoulder injury.
Bushrod was signed in 2013 to a five-year deal worth $35.965 million. It was the largest per-season contract ever awarded to an offensive lineman in franchise history.
Between 2013-2015, he started 34 games at left tackle for the Bears. The two-time Pro Bowler, both of which came while he was with the Saints, faded last year after turning 31. He started the first four games of 2015 but back and shoulder injuries slowed him. He was eventually replaced in the starting lineup by Charles Leno.
The Bears will eat $4.4 million in dead money next season by cutting him but will also save $4.3 million in cap space, which was the impetus for waiving him.
Bushrod was the consummate professional who never once complained last season after he was benched for a former seventh-round draft pick. He was great for the Bears' locker room and respected by teammates and coaches alike.