The Bears released defensive tackle Anthony Adams and offensive lineman Frank Omiyale on Thursday. Neither move was a surprise as the two affable veterans and former starters saw their roles diminish significantly as the 2011 season unfolded.
Bears general manager Phil Emery was complimentary of both players in announcing the moves.
''Cuts are never easy, but are a part of the evaluation process," Emery said in a statement released by the Bears. ''We appreciate all that Anthony and Frank gave the Bears organization both on and off the field during their time in Chicago. We wish them the best moving forward.''
Adams, who signed with the Bears as a free agent in 2007, started 40 of his 63 games at defensive tackle with the Bears, including 16 starts in 2010. But after starting four of five games in the middle of the 2011 season, he was inactive for four of the last six games.
Adams, who previously played for the San Francisco 49ers, had 174 tackles, 19 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recovers with the Bears. He won the Ed Block Courage Award and the Brian Piccolo Award while with the team.
Omiyale, who signed with the Bears as a free agent in 2009, started 12 games at left guard in 2009 (helping protect Jay Cutler when Cutler threw for the second-highest passing mark in franchise history -- 3,666 yards) and 16 games at left or right tackle in 2010.
But he was a backup in 2011 after the Bears drafted tackle Gabe Carimi in the first round of the 2011 draft. He started three games at right tackle after Carimi suffered a dislocated knee in Week 2 at New Orleans, but was ineffective and replaced by right guard Lance Louis.