I won’t revel in or celebrate a man losing his job. I’m pretty sure I did my best to refrain from doing so when Jerry Angelo was fired (even though we don’t need to feel sorry for him since he’s still collecting a paycheck), and I’ll try to refrain from doing so now with the releasing of veteran offensive lineman Frank Omiyale.
Yes, I used the uncomplimentary nickname in my headline above, but that’s not so much Schadenfreude as it is reality. Frank, sorry you were cut. But you didn’t cut the mustard, big guy. Pack up your shi. . . uh, stuff and “Whistle Dixie,” my friend.
While most Bears fans may find it rather easy to tell you why Frank was let go, there’s a contingent of folks (“experts”) who will tell you that the move may come back to bite the Bears; after all, veteran offensive linemen are a wonderful thing to have on the bench.
But here’s the problem: they’re not a good thing if they come in and make matters worse. All too often, that’s what Omiyale did. And Jerry Angelo paid him a handsome amount of money to do it. He was owed $2.1 million in 2012 (counting $2.8 mill against the cap). Phil Emery really had no choice in the matter.
So credit Phil for making the right move for his team and parting ways. Just remember that Emery was also the college scouting director for the Atlanta Falcons in 2005 when the team drafted Frank Omiyale in the fifth-round. But hey, it was a fifth-round pick . . .
Here’s the press release as issued by the Bears this morning on the release of Frank Omiyale and Anthony Adams . . .
The Chicago Bears released DT Anthony Adams and T/G Frank Omiyale.
“Cuts are never easy, but are a part of the evaluation process,” Bears General Manager Phil Emery said. “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.”
Adams came to Chicago prior to the 2007 season and started 40 of the 63 games in which he appeared, collecting 174 tackles, 19 tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks to go along with two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He was the Bears 2010 recipient of both the Ed Block Courage and Brian Piccolo awards.
During his nine-year NFL career (San Francisco 49ers, 2003-06; Chicago Bears, 2007-11), Adams has recorded 329 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 27.5 tackles for losses, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 121 games with 74 starts.
Omiyale appeared in every game the Bears played during his three seasons with the team (2009-11), making 31 starts at both guard (12 starts at left guard) and tackle (five starts at RT and 14 at LT) in 48 regular season games. He also made two postseason starts at left tackle for the Bears.
The seven-year veteran began his career in Atlanta, appearing in one contest in 2006 before being claimed off waivers by Carolina in 2007 where he appeared in 10 games with one start for the Panthers over two seasons.