The Bears made another tough decision with one of their longest tenured players in LT Charles Leno Jr. Chicago released their starting LT after drafting Teven Jenkins in the 2nd round of the draft coupled with cap constraints. The move will save Chicago $9 million in cap space.
Leno, 29, was a seventh round gem for Chicago. He was drafted in 2014 and made 93 consecutive starts for the Bears (including all 16 during the last five seasons). Penalties were always a concern for Leno Jr., but he cut down on them late last season. He already has suitors like the Broncos and Washington Football Team, so it won’t be long until he finds a new home.
The Bears have put their faith in rookie Teven Jenkins to start this season along with Germain Ifedi at the other tackle spot. Additionally, we could see veteran Elijah Wilkerson (signed to a one-year deal this off-season) compete for the starting job. It’s not a terrible move considering the skill set of Jenkins and it gives the Bears breathing room financially. Plus rookie Larry Borom will be a good depth piece. Chicago has other options as well through their undrafted rookie signings and last year draftees Lachavious Simmons and Arlington Hambright.
Charles was always a great teammate who gave his all to Chicago both on and off the field. For that, we thank you.
Thank You, Charles Leno Jr.