Bears cut ties with TE Davis

CHICAGO -- In a move that clears $2.5 million worth of salary cap space, the Chicago Bears have severed ties with tight end Kellen Davis, the team announced.

The Bears signed Davis to a two-year, $6 million contract, with a $2.7 million signing bonus, last offseason, but the former fifth-round pick failed to stabilize the tight end position. Davis had a difficult time hanging onto the football and managed to haul in just 19 receptions for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bears initially elevated Davis to a starting role in 2011 after the club traded Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers on the eve of training camp. Davis, a serviceable run blocker, finishes his Bears' career with 47 catches for 529 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Bears will carry $1.35 million worth of dead money in this year's salary cap due to Davis' release.