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Bears release RB Tyrell Fenroy; McGowan to New England

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Tyrell Fenroy's stay with the Bears lasted all of about a week.

The Bears released the running back Tuesday afternoon.

The undrafted free agent from Louisiana-Lafayette was one of nine players the team signed to a contract shortly after the draft. The Bears now have 69 players under contract and 78 on the roster. The nine draft picks do not count against the 80-man roster limit until they have signed. So, in theory the Bears could add 11 free agents at this point.

*** Ex-Bear Brandon McGowan agreed to a two-year contract with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN.com's John Clayton. McGowan made nine starts in 2007 at both safety positions and showed enough promise for the Bears to tender him at the high level as a restricted free agent.

That showed the club had high hopes for him going into last season. He was slated to be a starting safety until being demoted after the third preseason game to nickel back as Kevin Payne was promoted over him. Then, McGowan tore ligaments in his ankle in Week 2 at Carolina and was put on the shelf for the remainder of the season.

If he can remain healthy, he might be a nice find for the Patriots but he's appeared in more than two games just once in the last three seasons.

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Now Mcgowan can get his ring.

McGowan is gone - great news! The future looks bright - Steltz & Afalava will start this season. Payne may be in the mix too. The rest of the safety group should be released before the preseason. Especially the worst starting safety in the entire NFL the last two seasons - Josh Bullocks. Go BEARS!

how bad is Mike Brown's injury that McGowan could get a job before he could?

If NE wanted a slowed down, limited older player, they would have brought Rodney Harrison back, not brought in Mike Brown. McGowan is a better special teams player as well, where Mike Brown would not be a logical choice for special teams.

Sorry to see MB not having a job yet, but I think his next job needs to be with the Bears, as an assistant coach. Put him in the coaching intern program like Larry Whigham did a few years back, and get him started as Toub's assistant. he is a fiery leader who would be a great fit as a special teams coordinator in a couple of years. He is definitely smart enough to be a defensive coordinator, and has the right mindset to be a head coach someday, but that's a long way off. The crime would be in letting him get away from the Bears organization, like we did with Singletary.

Right on Joe:

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