In a shocking move Monday morning, the Chicago Bears are planning to release left tackle Charles Leno.
Although, a 7th-round pick in 2014, Leno held down the position during his time in Chicago. Nevertheless, Leno leaves behind a solid seven-year tenure.
However, the move comes just days after the Bears drafted two offensive tackles in Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom. In addition, the team will designate the move as post-June 1st and saving $9 million as opposed to just $6.2 million.
By the Bears designating Leno as a post-June 1 cut, they will be allowed to defer dead cap money into 2022, when the cap is expected to sky rocket following a 2021 season with fans back in the stands. Each team was allowed two cuts of such nature for this offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As for Leno, the 29-year old is still young and good enough to find a starting job somewhere in the NFL.
As for the Bears, it is likely that Germain Ifedi will be the starting right tackle this season, unless the Bears explore a low-cost tackle on the free agent market.