On Monday, the Chicago Bears cleared some more cap space by terminating the contract of backup running back Michael Bush.
Entering the off-season, the Bears were looking to improve the production from the running back position and that led many to believe that the team would be releasing Bush.
Bush struggled with the Bears in 2013 averaging only 3.1 yards per carry on 63 attempts. Bush was the Bears go-to back on many short-yardage situations. Situations in which the Bears struggled in last season.
The releasing of Bush shouldn’t come as too much of surprise, especially with productive running backs available on the free agent market.
One free agent running back that makes a lot of sense for the Bears is Darren Sproles. Sproles was released by the New Orleans Saints last week and could reunite with offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer in Chicago. Sproles could replace Devin Hester as the primary return man on special teams while also serving as duo-threat for the Bears offense with both his rushing skills as well as his receiving skills. Sproles was a valued member of the Saints locker room and given his history with Kromer, the Bears offensive coordinator may be pushing for the veteran running back.