A source tells Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that the Bears will likely terminate WR Eddie Royal‘s contract once he’s able to pass a physical following a late December surgery to repair a turf toe issue.
Chicago brought in Kendall Wright on Saturday to a one-year deal, so he figures to replace Royal in the Bears offense.
Royal, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Broncos back in 2008. After four seasons in Denver, Royal departed and signed a three-year contract with the Chargers in March of 2012.
The Bears elected to sign him to a three-year, $15 million contract that included $10 million guaranteed a few years ago. Royal stands to make a base salary of $5 million for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Bears would free up $5 million of available cap space while creating no dead money
In 2016, Royal appeared in nine games and caught 33 passes for 369 yards receiving and touchdowns. He also contributed 166 punt return yards on a touchdown on special teams. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 82 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.