The Bears released DT Anthony Adams on Sunday, creating more salary-cap space before free agency begins. The news was first reported by Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago.
Adams, who had four starts in 11 games last season, was due $1.9 million in 2012. The move creates more flexibility for new Chicago general manager Phil Emery, who has plenty of needs to address in free agency. Adams' release saves the team more than $1.1 million in cap space.
Adams played the past five seasons for the Bears after he spent his first four years with the 49ers. A solid run stuffer, he played in all 16 games in both 2009 and '10, registering two sacks in each of those seasons.