(670 The Score) The Bears are releasing left tackle Charles Leno Jr., he revealed on Twitter on Monday.
While the move is a surprise, it comes after the Bears selected offensive tackle Teven Jenkins in the second round of the NFL Draft last Friday. The Bears will save $6.2 million against the cap by releasing Leno.
"My time in Chicago has officially come to an end," Leno said in his tweet. "It’s a bittersweet day, but I am excited to see where this next chapter takes me."
Leno, 29, started 94 games for the Bears, who drafted him in the seventh round in 2014. Bears general manager Ryan Pace on Saturday declined to speculate when asked directly about whether Leno had a future with the team, saying that he and Jenkins would likely "battle" for a starting role.
With Leno's departure, it's clear Jenkins will be the Bears' starting left tackle.
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