A second shoe fell on Wednesday when the Bears released tight end Kellen Davis less than a day after signing former Giant Martellus Bennett, as first reported by ProFootballTalk.com.
Davis’ release saves the Bears his $2.5 million salary but leaves them with $1.35 million of dead money, half of the signing bonus that came with the two-year, $6 million contract he signed last offseason.
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The move had been expected after Davis caught just 19 passes last season, failing to build on his 2011 year that had just 18 catches but seven for touchdowns.
Davis was a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft out of Michigan State and started 15 games in each of the last two seasons.
Roster tweaks accelerating with Spaeth, Toeaina trims
The anticipated Bears roster adjustments this offseason began on Tuesday with additions of left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett. The pace of change picked up on Wednesday with the release of Davis, followed by tight end Matt Spaeth and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina.
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The three cuts save the Bears more than $4 million in 2013 salaries. Spaeth was a part-time member of the offense who caught six passes last season and seven in 2011, after signing a three-year deal in July 2011 to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Toeaina was the opening-day starter at nose tackle but was beset by injuries over the past two seasons.