Bears release Jonathan Scott, re-sign TE Kyle Adams
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter September 3, 2013 11:01PM
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Updated: September 4, 2013 10:10AM
The Bears said goodbye to another offensive lineman from last season, and it was one whom general manager Phil Emery said he valued at one point.
Just when it looked as though offensive tackle Jonathan Scott was set to practice at full strength after minor surgery on his right knee, the Bears terminated his contract and re-signed tight end Kyle Adams.
Scott was re-signed to a one-year deal worth $780,000 with the hope that he’d push J’Marcus Webb (who is now with the Minnesota Vikings) at right tackle.
During the news conference after former coach Lovie Smith’s firing, Emery praised Scott, who started seven games last season after initially signing as a free agent Sept. 10, when addressing the offensive line.
“Do I feel like Jon added to our team? Yes I do,” Emery said.
A sore and swollen right knee sidelined Scott for most of training camp and ultimately required surgery. Coach Marc Trestman said Aug. 13 that Scott had his knee drained. Scott didn’t play in the preseason but did participate in practice Monday.
Now he’s gone.
“This is my eighth year in the NFL, so I understand there’s a business aspect to it,” Scott said Monday. “It’s one of those things you can’t control, but the thing I can control is what I do day-in and day-out. The situation I was in was I was injured and just try to get better.”
Left tackle Jermon Bushrod, left guard Matt Slauson, center Roberto Garza, right guard Kyle Long and right tackle Jordan Mills are the starters. Eben Britton is the swing tackle behind Bushrod and Mills, James Brown is the backup guard and center Taylor Boggs remains in the mix.
Adams made the original 53-man roster but was waived Monday after the trade for tight end Dante Rosario. He’ll have a role on special teams, but he’ll have to fight Rosario for playing time behind Martellus Bennett and Steve Maneri.
“It’s a man’s game. It’s a man’s business,” Adams said after the Bears’ final exhibition against the Cleveland Browns. “It’s nothing personal. They’re going to field the guys that make the team the best. I just hope I’m one of them.”
Now he is again.