Bears shopping Julius Peppers, release Michael Bush

As the Chicago Bears work to get their salary cap situation in place they are making moves.

The Bears have released running back Michael Bush freeing up $1.85 million in cap space. Bush only played two years of a four-year deal and will leave $2 million behind in dead money for the Bears. He never took off in Chicago and finished the 2013 season with a 3.1 yards per carry. He figures to draw little to no interest in free agency.

It should also surprise no one that the Bears are trying to unload Julius Peppers. It is not that Peppers cannot still play but rather the Bears simply cannot afford the nearly $20 million cap figure attached to him for the 2014 season. The Bears would probably take anything for Peppers and will likely get nothing.