Bears Say Goodbye to Tank

The Tank Johnson era has officially came to an end in Chicago. After yet another off-the-field incident on Friday in Arizona, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo waived the embattled defensive tackle Monday afternoon. Despite promising everyone from head coach Lovie Smith to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he was a changed man, Johnson disappointed his team and a legion of fans.

The Chicago Bears waived Tank Johnson on Monday, putting an end to one of the most troubling and disturbing football stories the Windy City has seen in quite some time.

"We are upset and embarrassed by Tank's actions last week," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said in a statement posted on the team's website. "He compromised the credibility of our organization. We made it clear to him that he had no room for error. Our goal was to help someone through a difficult period in his life, but the effort needs to come from both sides. It didn't, and we have decided to move on."

After serving 60 days of a 120-day jail sentence, Johnson met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and claimed to be a changed man. Goodell suspended Johnson for the first eight games of the 2007 regular season, but he included a provision that would lessen the suspension to six games should he stay out of trouble. Johnson had gone so far as to announce to the Chicago media during veteran mini camp that it was his goal to become the NFL Man of the Year.

But just one day after the Bears ended their 10-week offseason training program, Johnson was pulled over in Gilbert, AZ at 3:30 in the morning on Friday for speeding. The officer on duty "made observations that led him to believe Johnson was impaired," according to Andrew Duncan, spokesman for the police in Gilbert. Johnson was given a blood test, but the results are not yet known.

Angelo made it quite clear to everyone that Johnson was on a short leash, and the fourth-year defensive tackle has embarrassed the organization for the last time.

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