Bears release two former pro bowlers and $50 million starters ahead of free agency.

On Thursday, the Chicago Bears made two important roster adjustments, which were announced simultaneously. 

On February 15, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reported that the team has decided to split ways with safety Eddie Jackson and offensive lineman Cody Whitehair,  

a little less than a month before the formal start of free agency on March 13."The Bears announced that Eddie Jackson and Cody Whitehair have been released," Fishbain said on X.  

Both men were starters in 2023. Last season, Jackson started all 12 games, while Whitehair started 11 of 17.  

Whitehair was a part of Chicago's roster for eight years, appearing in 124 games and starting 118 of them, according to Pro Football Reference. In 2018, he received Pro Bowl honors as the team's center.  

Meanwhile, Jackson started all 100 games in which he participated throughout his seven-year tenure with the team.  

He was named to the Pro Bowl in both 2018 and 2019, and he was also a first-team All-Pro pick by the NFL in 2018.  

Fishbain stated in a separate social media post Thursday that Jackson and Whitehair were the longest-tenured Bears on their respective sides of the football, and that Chicago no longer had any players on its roster who were drafted before 2020.  

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