Anthony Adams, one of the Bears most grounded players, isn't angry about his release.
"I don't blame them," Adams said Monday. "I probably would have done the same thing."
After signing a two-year contract last offseason, Adams suffered a torn calf muscle that limited him during training camp and at the start of the season. Then, as he worked to get healthy, he was passed on the depth chart by other players, most notably rookie Stephen Paea.
Adams ended up playing just 25.9 percent of all defensive snaps last season.
"The longer you stay in the league, the more you start seeing all kinds of stuff," Adams said. "So I wasn't surprised by anything."
Adams is thankful that the Bears made the decision quickly, because he'll immediately become an unrestricted free agent, able to find a new NFL home before free agency officially begins March 13.
"It wouldn't make any sense to drag me along, then I get released in August or when teams are solidified," Adams said.
Now healthy, Adams said he's excited about the game.
"It's not the ideal situation," he said, "but if I can still play, that would be great."
The toughest part, of course, is leaving Chicago and his Bears teammates and coaches.
"This is a place where my kids were born at, so there's just a lot of memories, and there was a lot of growth," he said. "When I first got here, I was 26, married for like a year, no house. I bought my first house here.
"I had all three of my kids here. Went to the playoffs for the firist time here. First divisional playoffs here. There are a lot of memories."
Adams added that he doesn't think there's any locker room quite like the Bears.
"They've been great," he said of his teammates. "They're going to be forever teammates. It was great to play with those guys. I think they feel the same way."