In a surprise move, the Bears have released Mark Anderson and replaced him with veteran defensive end Charles Grant, according to two league sources.
Grant, the 25th pick in the 2002 NFL Draft of the New Orleans Saints. Grant had 5 1/2 sacks last season for the Super Bowl champion Saints, but he was released in March.
Grant played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, but he was released earlier this week. After his release by the Saints, he was with the Miami Dolphins for training camp.
He had a possible four-game suspension looming in the NFL for the StarCaps situation -- along with Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams -- but a ruling has been delayed.
He was indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a February 2008 altercation at a nightclub. In that incident, a pregnant woman was shot to death outside that Georgia club. Grant insisted he was not involved in the fight, and he pleaded guilty to a charge of public affray. He paid a $1,000 fine and got a year's probation, and ordered to pay $20,000 for the cost of the investigation by the sheriff's office. Grant still faced a civil suit by the family of the victim.
An NFL spokesman said the league will review case involving Charles Grant's plea under the Personal Conduct Policy.
Since tallying 12 sacks in 2006, as a rookie, Anderson hasn't come close to reaching that number. This offseason, he lost a battle to start opposite Julius Peppers to Israel Idonije, who had a sack Sunday against the New York Giants.