Bears Cut Tackle Blake Brockermeyer
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) _ The Chicago Bears released left tackle Blake Brockermeyer in a cost-cutting move Friday, but plan to continue negotiations with the seven-year veteran.
Brockermeyer would have been in the final year of a four-year contract. He was scheduled to receive a $500,000 roster bonus on Tuesday.
The Bears have been trying to negotiate a new deal with Brockermeyer’s agent, Marvin Demoff, to save space in the salary cap for next season.
``Blake is being very receptive to returning, and we are very determined to have him back,″ Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said of the plan to offer Brockermeyer a new deal. ``We left the door open for a possible return. I’m not ruling this as a dead issue.″
Angelo said the salary cap savings to the Bears from the move would be about $3 million.
Brockermeyer underwent shoulder and knee surgery in the offseason. The injuries, combined with the large amount of money the Bears have spent on their offensive line caused the team to attempt to renegotiate with Brockermeyer. The Bears gave center Olin Kreutz a six-year, $23 million deal last month.
If Brockermeyer does not return, Angelo said he is confident in second-year player Bernard Robertson.
``We would have never done this unless we had that somebody in mind,″ Angelo said. ``Bernard played the left tackle position in college. ``We do feel good about him.″
The Bears signed Brockermeyer as an unrestricted free agent in 1999. He started all 17 games last season and played in 47 of the Bears’ 49 games the past three years.
He was chosen out of Texas in the first round of the 1995 draft by the Carolina Panthers. He was the youngest starting tackle in the NFL that year and started 55 games in four seasons for the Panthers.