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Bears cut good guys Anthony Adams, Frank Omiyale

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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.

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This gives us another 3.1M towards the cap this year after we account for the accelerated signing bonus money less their salaries this year. This is a year overdue as far as Omiyale, as he might have been the worst offensive lineman on a team that was god-awful on the line.

Adams was a good guy, but he was falling victim to a numbers game. Paea and Toeaina are both ahead of him, and Okoye showed enough to be brought back. You add in Melton, and there's your 4 man rotation.

Hopefully he (Emery) is just getting started. I think there is another $2.3M with Barber, and we can gain a little more if we trim some dead weight players that don't factor in to the long-term plan. But we will need to replace them first, so they won't come loose before free agency starts.

Angelo refused to make moves like this, claiming that we had already paid money to guys, so we should keep them. We could have released Tommie Harris in the uncapped year and saved a bunch of money, and we didn't. Omiyale was terrible, and should have been gone last year, and he was kept long enough to threaten the lives of whoever was playing QB. I like this business approach of Emery better than the boys club with Lovie. Hopefully it keeps up.

This recap of Frank Ohm-i-god's career with the Bears has to be just a kind gesture as he departs. There is no way a competent, rational person would reflect on his tenure with any kind of perception of beneficial play for the Beloved. I hope he does well where ever he goes, but good riddance.

Franky went a Blockin' and he did miss, uh-huh
Franky went a Blockin' and he did miss, uh-huh
Franky went a Blockin' and he did miss
The End came around and Jay got pissed, uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh

Allen lined up just outside of Frank, uh-huh
Allen lined up just outside of Frank, uh-huh
Allen lined up just outside
Frank false started and the drive would die, uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh

Franky false started and five yards back they went
Franky false started and five yards back they went
Franky false started the Bears walked back
Allen ran by and got a quarter back sack, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Well the Bears sat Franky on the Bench uh-huh
Well the Bears sat Franky on the bench uh-huh
Well Bears put Franky on bench
eleven million was poorly spent, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Franky got cut from the Bears, uh-huh
Franky got cut from the Bears, uh-huh
Well they kicked old Franky out the door,
He gave you three false starts and not much more, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Well Kevin Armstead blamed Creighton, uh-huh
Well Kevin Armstean blamed Creighton, uh-huh
Kevin said Franky was a total beast
But Creighton said no he plays like your niece, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Darn it! Broke my guitar string.

Special Thanks to Uncle Peco from Tom and Jerry and Bob Dylan.

THIS IS HORRIBLE!!!!! Ohh, I can't stand it anymore. What is going on with this team?!!!! I know one thing, Jerry Angelo would NEVER have allowed this. This organization has become totally stupid.

Over in Canton they're building a their own wing for Pro Bowl, HOF supertackle Frank Omiyale. And the Bears WAIVE the guy?!!!! Great!! We just gave the Giants or Pats the best tackle in the game!

I'm so angry now I can't even type anymore.

"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."

Mark, is that a joke? You just tried to sugar coat a turd for some reason. Cutler's done what what he could as a Chicago Bear IN SPITE of the garbage linemen blocking for him, and Omiyale was one of the worst offenders. As a guard in '09, he seemed more clueless and ineffective than he ever did as a tackle. It was painful just watching him walk from the huddle to set up on the line of scrimmage. I'm glad he's been cut, he was awful no matter how you try to spin it. This is what they call addition by subtraction.

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