Bears waive Bell after reserve RB refuses to take pay cut
he Bears have parted way with running back Kahlil Bell after he declined to take a pay cut.
Bell, who was scheduled to make $1.26 million this season, was waived Thursday evening. The Bears figured his salary was too high for a third-string running back and asked Bell to play for $700,00. Bell, in turn, asked to be released so he could seek an opportunity elsewhere.
The Bears already have significant money tied up in starter Matt Forte and backup Michael Bush, so it was no surprise to see them seek a cheaper third running back. Armando Allen has impressed throughout the preseason, while Lorenzo Booker opened eyes with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last Saturday against the Redskins. Allen or Booker could be in a battle for the third spot, provided the Bears don't seek another third option elsewhere.
Bell, a former undrafted player from UCLA, started the final two games of last season after Forte sprained his knee. Although Bell had a 100-plus yard rushing performance against the Packers, it didn't keep the Bears from asking to cut his pay.
In 20 games (three starts) played over three seasons (2009-11) with the Bears, Bell had 557 rushing yards on 119 attempts. He added 137 receiving yards and one touchdown on 20 receptions.