In a surprise move (at least with how quickly it happened), the Bears announced on Thursday night that they have waived running back Kahlil Bell:
LM:— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 23, 2012
#Bears have waived RB Kahlil Bell.
Bell, who was scheduled to make $1.26 mil this season, was asked to play for $700,000 as the third back. He declined and asked for release.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 23, 2012
"I didn't see no sense in a taking a paycut," Bell said.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 23, 2012
Bell, who turns 26 in December, was in a battle with 23-year-old Armando Allen and 28-year-old Lorenzo Booker for the Bears' #3 spot on the depth chart behind Matt Forte and Michael Bush.
Bell showed off plenty of ability as a Bear, averaging 4.7 yards per carry over 119 career attempts. On Christmas Day of the 2011 season, he ran for 121 yards on 23 carries against the Packers at Lambeau Field.