LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears released tackle Orlando Pace after one season in which the 34-year-old played little like the All-Pro he once was with St. Louis.
Orlando Pace, OT
Experience: 13th season
Chicago signed Pace last season as a free agent to help patch up a faulty offensive line, but the fading star didn't provide much help. He started 11 games, missed time because of a groin injury and finished his 13th NFL season as a reserve.
Instead, they stumbled to a 7-9 record and missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
Cutler found himself on the run and wound up with a league-leading 26 interceptions because of poor blocking by a line that ranked 19th overall and his own poor decisions. The running game, meanwhile ranked 29th, with Matt Forte going from 1,238 yards as a rookie in 2008 to 929 yards last season.
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