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After several solid seasons with the Chicago Bears, defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. earned a multi-year extension before the 2021-22 season. However, just over a calendar year after signing the extension, Edwards Jr. finds himself as part of the Bears’ cuts to reduce the roster from 80 to 53.

Edwards Jr. began the 2021-22 season under suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy. After the two-game suspension, he returned but only recorded eight total tackles and two sacks in 12 games. Edwards Jr.’s best season in Chicago was 2020-21 when he appeared in 15 games, recording four sacks and 16 total tackles. His four sacks were a career-high in 2020.

Now, just one season after signing a three-year, $11.55 million deal, Mario Edwards Jr. finds himself on the open market. The eighth-year defensive end will now have a chance to add a fifth team to his career resume after spending time with the Chicago Bears, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, and Las Vegas Raiders.

New GM Ryan Poles is clearly making his mark on the roster, clearing out some of the veterans from the Ryan Pace era. Cuts are far from over, so we will find out if any other high-priced veterans end up on the open market this week.

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