LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears released veteran strong safety Adam Archuleta on Tuesday, ending a brief and disappointing tenure with the team.
Archuleta, 30, broke a hand early last season and started in just 10 of the 15 games in which he appeared. He lost his starting job to Brandon McGowan and finished the season on special teams.
"Adam, just like some more of our players, didn't have the type of season we were hoping, he was hoping," Smith said at the time. "But he's still a part of our ballclub and we're expecting him to come back stronger this year."
When he joined Washington in 2006, he received the largest contract ever given to a safety: $30 million for six years, with a $10 million bonus. But he flopped, playing mostly on special teams and finishing the season as a third-stringer.
St. Louis drafted Archuleta with the 20th overall pick in 2001.
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