Report: Bears set to release tackle Bobby Massie

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Bears head coach Matt Nagy talks to offensive lineman Bobby Massie during a 2019 game. The NFL Network reports the Bears will release Massie.

    Bears head coach Matt Nagy talks to offensive lineman Bobby Massie during a 2019 game. The NFL Network reports the Bears will release Massie. Associated Press

 
By Sean Hammond
shammond@shawmedia.com
Updated 3/8/2021 6:33 PM

The Bears are ready to part ways with 31-year-old offensive tackle Bobby Massie.

According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the move will save additional cap space, which the Bears can allocate elsewhere. Massie was set to make $9.3 million in 2021 on a contract that was supposed to last through 2022. By cutting him, the Bears will save approximately $5 million in cap space next season.

 

Massie, with the Bears since 2016, played in 15 games or more in each of his first three seasons. Injuries limited him to 10 games in 2019 and eight games in 2020. He played primarily right tackle.

The move puts a veteran tackle on the free-agent market. It also makes way for the Bears to potentially fit a rookie tackle into the starting lineup, should they draft one in April.

They have left tackle Charles Leno under contract, though he is a potential cap casualty.

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