Veteran Wide Receiver Among First Group of Bears Cuts on Thursday

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears made their first wave of cuts of the spring on Thursday as they prepare to host this weekends rookie mini-camp at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, IL. Among those players that the team cut or released was veteran wide receiver, Eddie Royal.

Royal, 30, was released by the Bears after playing out two years of his three-year, $15 million dollar deal that he signed with the team in 2015. The Bears had hoped that Royal could return to his old form from his Denver days as a slot receiver option for former quarterback Jay Cutler, but Royal struggled to stay on the field during his two seasons with the Bears, and with Cutler now departed the Bears are going in a different direction.

Royal caught 70 passes for 607 yards in only 10 games played for the Bears during his two seasons in Chicago. With the additions of Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright in the offseason coupled with the existing Cameron Meredith and Kevin White, the Bears just had no place for the oft-injured veteran moving forward.

The team also announced that they waived defensive lineman Will Sutton, fullback Paul Lasike and offensive lineman Cornelius Edison on Thursday afternoon.

Edison, 23, appeared in six games for the Bears in the past two seasons after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Portland State. Lasike was also signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015, and recorded three carries for eight yards while catching one pass for three yards during his two seasons with the Bears.

Sutton, 25, was a third round draft pick by the Bears in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. The former Sun Devil logged 39 tackles in his 36 games with the Bears.

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