3:57pm: Bolden’s exit from the Bears’ roster might only be temporary, according to Eli Kaberon of the team’s official site (Twitter link). Chicago released Bolden to make room for Charles Tillman, who will sign a one-day contract to retire as a Bear. Once that goes through, Bolden could rejoin the club in time for training camp, per Kaberon.
3:26pm: The Bears announced that they have released safety Omar Bolden. Bolden signed a one-year, $840K deal ($80K guaranteed) with Chicago in March.
When he signed this spring, Bolden became the latest in a series of former Broncos who played under John Fox in Denver to join the head coach in Chicago. The Bears also added the likes of linebacker Danny Trevathan, offensive lineman Manuel Ramirez, and long snapper Aaron Brewer, but the reunion didn’t last long for Bolden.
A fourth-round pick out of Arizona State in 2012, Bolden never really played a major role on defense during his four years in Denver. However, he has been something of a jack-of-all-trades in Denver, contributing in the return game and in punt and kick coverage. Now, the Bears seem to be going in a different direction on special teams.
Bolden recorded his first career touchdown in 2015, returning a punt 83 yards for a score. In the postseason, the 27-year-old’s lone punt return, against the Steelers in the divisional round, went for 42 yards.
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