Bears release Adams, Omiyale

The Chicago Bears made the release of defensive tackle Anthony Adams official and announced that offensive lineman Frank Omiyale has also been cut on Thursday.

ESPNChicago.com reported on Sunday that Adams, 31, had been told he would be released by the Bears.

"Cuts are never easy, but are a part of the evaluation process," Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. "We appreciate all that Anthony and Frank gave the Bears organization both on and off the field during their time in Chicago. We wish them the best moving forward."

A ninth-year veteran, Adams played the first seven games of the 2011 season -- starting two -- but was inactive for five of the team's next eight outings. Adams hadn't been inactive in that many contests since the 2008 season.

Adams was scheduled to receive $1.9 million in base salary while counting $2.65 million against the Bears' salary cap.

Omiyale, 29, was a versatile lineman in his three seasons with the Bears, starting 31 games at both guard and tackle positions in 48 regular season games.