Bears will release left tackle Charles Leno

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The 2014 seventh-round draft pick started 95 consecutive games since 2015 and made the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2018. But a salary cap crunch — and the Bears drafting Teven Jenkins in the second round — forecast this move.
The Bears are releasing left tackle Charles Leno, sources confirmed Monday, just days after the team appeared to draft his replacement.

The Bears can save more than $9 million in salary cap space by cutting Leno with a post-June 1 designation. The team needs that money; they had the smallest amount in salary cap space in the NFL entering the draft.

The Bears traded up to take Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins in the second round (39th overall) Friday. General manager Ryan Pace said at the time that Jenkins could play either left or right tackle. Saturday night, when asked directly about Leno's future, Pace refused to comment.

2014 7th round draft pick 93 consecutive starts in the past 7 seasons with the team that I was drafted to.

My time in Chicago has officially come to an end. It's a bittersweet day but I am excited to see where this next chapter takes me. pic.twitter.com/XJbJbop1kD — Charles Leno Jr (@charleslenojr72) May 3, 2021

"My time in Chicago has officially come to an end," Leno tweeted on Monday morning. "It's a bittersweet day but I am excited to see where this next chapter takes me."

A seventh-round pick out of Boise State in 2014, Leno started 93 games at left tackle from 2015 on, plus two playoff…
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