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Bears release safety Craig Steltz

The Bears on Monday terminated the contract of veteran safety Craig Steltz.


Craig Steltz
Steltz appeared in 77 games with eight starts over six seasons with the team after arriving in 2008 as a fourth-round draft pick from LSU. He recorded 97 tackles, one interception, one sack, three tackles-for-loss, two pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

Steltz also registered 58 tackles on special teams, the second most on the Bears since he joined the team. Last season he played in all 16 games for the first time in his career, compiling 14 tackles on defense and a career-high 14 stops on special teams.

The Bears now have five safeties on their roster: Ryan Mundy, Danny McCray, Chris Conte, Brock Vereen and M.D. Jennings.

The Bears must cut two more players by 3 p.m. Tuesday to reach the NFL's mandatory 75-man roster limit. They must then reach the 53-man limit by 5 p.m. Saturday.

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