Jermon Bushrod thanks Bears in Instagram post

SHARE Jermon Bushrod thanks Bears in Instagram post
Screen_Shot_2016_02_16_at_10.30.49_PM.jpg

Jermon Bushrod #74 of the Chicago Bears walks off the field after a game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 31-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

NFL veteran Jermon Bushrod was released by the Bears Tuesday after failing a physical, but the offensive tackle harbors no ill will.

Bushrod thanked the Bears in an Instagram post Tuesday night.

I’m very appreciative of the kind words of support from the family, friends and fans that have reached out to me. Unfortunately my time in Chicago is up and it’s on to the next chapter in life. We will continue to grind. Thank you @chicagobears for giving me the opportunity to line up with that C on the side of my helmet. #bearDown A photo posted by @j_bushrod7475 on Feb 16, 2016 at 7:49pm PST

Phil Emery signed Bushrod to a five-year, $35 million deal with the Bears in 2013 after the Towson product spent the first six seasons of his career in New Orleans.

[nicelink url=”http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1331540/jermon-bushrod-thankful-time-spent-bears”]

But injuries cost Bushrod his starting job this past season, making the two-time Pro Bowler expendable in the eyes of current GM Ryan Pace.

According to a previous Sun-Times report, cutting Bushrod frees up $4.3 million in additional salary for the Bears, though the team will still be responsible for $4.4 million of his remaining salary.

The Bears released this statement after announcing Bushrod’s release on Tuesday:

Bushrod is the second Bears player in the past five days to announce his departure via Instagram.

Stats via Pro-Football-Reference 

The Latest
He was found with multiple gunshot wounds about 12:30 a.m. in the 6800 block of South Prairie Avenue.
The charitable organization said the red kettle was stolen from a post near State and Randolph streets and that the stolen donations would have funded programs such as rental and utility assistance, homeless services, food pantries, Christmas meal boxes and toys for children.
As the Sky brace for a free-agency period in which five of Wade’s players, including Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Candace Parker, will become unrestricted free agents, there are even bigger questions on the table. They start with the Sky’s backcourt.
With accessibility at the forefront of its work, MAPPED aims to “democratize information” about design projects around the city.
The coach has been saying since the start of the season that this year was going to be even “harder than last.’’ Friday’s overtime loss in Oklahoma City was evidence of that, as Donovan is still trying to get his players to buy into the new-look offense.