The Bears are wasting no time this off season making clear their intentions of getting younger. Matt Forte has been dismissed and it appears that the writing is on the wall for the Black Unicorn (imho, one of the greatest nicknames in all of sports history).
While Forte is still productive and relatively healthy, he is ancient in football years. No doubt that was taken into consideration along with the salary he may command. In reality, old running backs are pretty worthless in the NFL, since you can always draft a fourth rounder from the SEC to get 80% of that production for 20% of the cost. Or the Big Televen in our case with Langford. But all it takes is one team that is on the verge of something good to offer that guy a big contract and I have no doubt that someone will seriously overspend on Forte.
As for Bennett, it has been clear for some time that he was on his way out, and that injury last year was the final straw.
I, for one, am liking what I am seeing with this team getting younger. It is the only way to win in the NFL.
As an odd side note, I think that Cutler is the only player left from the Ron Turner era on the roster.
More updates will be posted on roster changes as they come out.
Update: bye bye Bushrod.