Inside Slant: July 2-6

Tank Johnson says that he was not surprised when the Bears chose to release him, yet he was relieved by the decision. The embattled defensive tackle will not be charged with DUI in Arizona after the results of his blood test came back just below the legal limit for alcohol, but the organization has no regrets about waiving him. Get the Inside Slant from the NFL experts at

According to a press release issued by his lawyer, Lorna Propes, former Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was informed on Thursday by Gilbert, Ariz., police that no charges will be filed against him in connection with a traffic stop that occurred June 22, and ultimately led to his being cut by the Bears.

"I am not surprised by this decision, but I am relieved," Johnson said in a statement. "I am still disappointed at having been released by the Bears, yet I know the organization was placed in a difficult position when I was stopped by police.

"Now I will move on to look for an opportunity with another NFL team and make the most of it when it comes. In the meantime, I will stay in shape and spend time with my family."

Because he was not charged in his latest run-in with police, Johnson might still be eligible to have his eight-game NFL suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy reduced to six games. When that penalty was handed down, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Johnson's suspension would be reduced if he, "have no further adverse involvement with police."

Less than 48 hours after the Bears concluded their spring practices last month, Johnson was stopped at 3:30 a.m. by Gilbert police for driving 40 miles an hour in a 25 mile-an-hour zone. Johnson arrested for "DUI Impaired to the Slightest Degree" but was released without being booked or charged, although officials drew blood for a blood-alcohol content test before his release.

Johnson's blood-alcohol level of .072 was under the .08 limit allowed by Arizona law. But Johnson, who finished serving a 60-day jail sentence on May 13 for violating terms of his probation for an earlier weapons violation, was released by the Bears June 25, several days before the results of his DUI test were made public.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: OLB Lance Briggs: Tendered at $7.206M
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Gabe Reid (not tendered as RFA)
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED: RB Garrett Wolfe: (3/93) 4 yrs, terms unknown; LB Michael Okwo: (3/94) $2.245M/4 yrs, $580,000 SB; 2007 cap: $430,000; OG Josh Beekman: (4/130) $2.055M/4 yrs, $390,000 SB; 2007 cap: $382,500; S Kevin Payne: (5/167) terms unknown; CB Corey Graham: (5/168) $1.81M/4 yrs, $149,000 SB; CB Trumaine McBride: (7/221) $1.71M/4 yrs, $55,250 SB; OT Aaron Brant: (7/241) $1.697M/4 yrs, $42,100 SB
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED OG Ruben Brown: (UFA) $2.2M/1 yr, SB unknown
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: DT Anthony Adams: (UFA 49ers) 4 yrs, terms unknown; S Adam Archuleta: (trade Redskins); FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo: (FA Cardinals) 1 yr, terms unknown
PLAYERS LOST: TE Richard Angulo: (released); DT Alfonso Boone: (UFA Chiefs) $7.2M/4 yrs, SB unknown; WR Justin Gage: (UFA Titans) $1M/1 yr, $400,000 SB; FB Bryan Johnson (released); S Todd Johnson: (UFA Rams) $4M/4 yrs, $700,000 SB; RB Thomas Jones (traded Jets); DT Ian Scott: (UFA Eagles) 1 yr, terms unknown; S Cameron Worrell: (UFA Dolphins) $2M/2 yrs, $285,000 SB

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