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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Pace done

By Kevin Seifert

It was only a matter of time before Chicago released left tackle Orlando Pace, who lost his starting job at the end of last season and appears headed for retirement.

After several years of injury-shortened seasons, Pace was nowhere close to his former self in the 11 games he started for the Bears. Chris Williams will resume his role as the starting left tackle in 2010.

The Bears signed Pace on the same day they traded for quarterback Jay Cutler, a euphoric day in franchise history. Ultimately, Pace couldn't give the Bears what they were hoping for: A one-year bridge to Williams' eventual transition.

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