Bears Part Ways with Robinson

Lake Forest - The biggest surprise among the final cuts was obviously Bryan Robinson. The eight-year veteran had been with the Bears since 1998 and was the only defensive holdover from the Dave Wannstedt era.

Robinson took a series of pay cuts since singing a five-year $20 million contract following the 2001 season.

In the past three years Robinson has struggled on and off the field. Two DUIs, one of which resulted in a one-game suspension and a mysterious accident within his home resulted in a broken wrist. The injury hurt his off-season strength and conditioning program heading into the 2002 campaign.

The Bears hoped a move from defensive end to tackle would revitalize his career, but that never materialized.

The previous regime played a major role in Robinson sticking around as long as he did, so the new coaching staff decided to go with the youth movement.

"In the end we felt that there were some younger players going into their second or third years and we felt that the arrow was going up on them and felt good about them," said GM Jerry Angelo.

The rapid progression of Tommie Harris obviously played a part in the release of Robinson. The fact that defensive tackle was addressed in the first two rounds of the draft signaled Robinson's time in Chicago was limited.

At 28, Alfonso Boone is now the oldest member of the defense. SS Mike Brown and MLB Brian Urlacher are the only starters left from the 2001 team that went 13-3.

"We're building the team for now and yes in the near future and who gives us the best opportunity to win," Angelo said. "We did what we felt was in the best interests now and going forward."

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