The trade for defensive end Gaines Adams on Friday turned into a loss for tight end Michael Gaines today.
The veteran tight end is the player the Bears released in order to create a roster spot for their new pass rusher. It's not a shocking move, although the Bears could have also picked from some rookies who do not figure to see action this season. Gaines was one of the final players to make the 53-man roster as a fourth tight end. He didn't have a role on special teams like Kellen Davis, the third tight end, and opportunities for him to play as an H-back type didn't really materialize. Gaines, who was signed on May 12 was inactive for two games and appeared as a sub only in the Seattle game.
This leaves the Bears with three tight ends, which is what most teams typically carry.
Gaines' base salary was $650,000, so the remaining amount on it will cover about half of what Adams is earning this season, the pro-rated amount of $900,000. Gaines received a $250,000 signing bonus and a $100,000 roster bonus. His base salary was $650,000 and as a vested veteran he is eligible to put in for termination pay and receive the entire amount, which would be 11 remaining weeks of pay.
General manager Jerry Angelo could have also considered wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias, a third-round pick, or cornerback D.J. Moore, a fourth-round pick, but after dealing a second rounder to Tampa to acquire Adams, the last thing he probably wanted to do was part ways with a draft pick. The team is carrying 10 defensive linemen and seven linebackers and the Bears have 27 defensive players on their 53-man roster. The seventh linebacker is Darrell McClover, who was recently added to help on special teams.