Two days before players will report to training camp veteran safety Glenn Earl has informed the Bears of his intention to retire from the NFL.
Earl considered his future over the course of the past week before making it official Tuesday.
"He's decided to hang it up," Earl's agent Craig Domann said. "He's been dealing with some injuries since he came out of Notre Dame. I think he felt like it was time to move on."
Earl's most recent major injury came in
2006 2007 during preseason when Bears running back Cedric Benson ran him over in a game at Houston. Earl suffered a torn Lisfranc ligament.
The Bears signed Earl this spring for depth in the secondary. Now, it appears almost set that Craig Steltz and Kevin Payne will be the starting safeties. Earl's departure gives the Bears one open roster spot.
The Bears still have adequate numbers in the secondary with Josh Bullocks, Al Afalava and Dahna Deleston in the mix at safety.
"With the open roster spot the Bears can sign [Brett] Favre now,'' Domann joked.