Two years, two suspensions for Bears inside linebacker and defensive captain Jerrell Freeman. Unreal.
Freeman, who was suspended four games last season for PEDs, got caught again. He has been on injured reserve since week 2 after suffering a pectoral injury. A team captain also self-reported a concussion following the week one game vs. Atlanta.
Here is the full statement from Freeman via his twitter.
First off, it is very unfortunate to see a player struggling as Freeman states above. He is dealing with a head injury and brings up that his career may be over. All the best to him as he continues on the path to a healthy life.
But there is always a football aspect to this, and his future with the Bears in no doubt in question.
Every NFL franchise aims to establish a winning culture along with a responsible one. Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies. Freeman not only got himself in trouble, but he damaged the Bears organization and his teammates. Remember even after last year’s suspension, Freeman was voted a team captain again this season. While that speaks volumes to his character and leadership, another suspension let down his teammates–again.
At this point, the Bears will probably not bring Freeman back next season. It will only cost the Bears $500,000 to release Freeman in the offseason while saving $3.5 million. And with Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatkoski, and Christian Jones playing good football, cutting ties with Freeman makes sense at this point.
As John Fox put it, it is disappointing. Freeman is extremely talented and has been a leader on this team the past two years according to his teammates. But this will not be tolerated and it is the right move to cut ties with Freeman.