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Bears release veteran linebacker Leonard Floyd


The Bears on Tuesday released veteran outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Selected by the Bears with the ninth pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Georgia, Floyd started all 54 games he appeared in the past four seasons. The 6-5, 240-pounder recorded 154 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 26 tackles-for-loss, one interception, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

Floyd scored two defensive touchdowns—recovering a fumble in the end zone after his strip/sack of the Packers' Aaron Rodgers in 2016 and returning an interception 19 yards in 2018 against the Bills. Floyd also generated two safeties—on sacks of the 49ers' Blaine Gabbert in 2016 and the Vikings' Sam Bradford in 2017.

Last season Floyd started all 16 games for the second straight year, registering 40 tackles, 3.0 sacks and three tackles-for-loss. He recorded two sacks in the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Packers and only one sack in the final 15 games of the season.

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