Bears waive safety Venable
Venable appeared in 12 games in 2011 and finished tied for fifth on the club with 10 special teams tackles.
Venable was likely deemed expendable after the Bears spent a considerable chunk of the offseason strengthening their special teams via free agency and the draft. They also used a third-round pick to select Brandon Hardin out of Oregon State, a collegiate cornerback who the Bears plan to convert to a strong safety.
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