Bears set to release Anthony Adams

DT Anthony Adams (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)

The Chicago Bears front office has informed defensive tackle Anthony Adams of the club's intention to release him. Adams has spent the last five seasons playing for the team.

The Chicago Bears this afternoon informed Anthony Adams that he is not in the team's future plans. After five seasons in the Windy City, Adams is set to be released.

The defensive tackle, a former second-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2003, was a non-factor last season for the club. He dealt with nagging injuries all year, including a calf injury that kept him out of the preseason.

He started just four games all season and was eventually passed on the depth chart by rookie Stephen Paea. Adams was a healthy scratch in five of the team's last nine contests in 2011. He finished the campaign with 16 tackles and zero sacks.

Adams was a class act and an outstanding locker room presence. He was voted the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award by his teammates after the 2010 season. Yet his lack of production on the field last year was too much to overlook.

The nine-year veteran turns 32 before the start of the 2012 season, so it's unclear how much he has left in the tank, especially considering the injury issues he dealt with last year.

Yet Adams has experience as a nose tackle in both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes, so it's likely he'll get one last shot with another team. The Bears appear prepared to move forward with Paea and Matt Toeaina rotating at nose tackle.

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