Bears release veteran safety Archuleta

Updated: May 6, 2008, 5:55 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

In a surprising move, the Chicago Bears released safety Adam Archuleta, a little more than a year after they acquired him in a trade.

Bears coach Lovie Smith, who developed Archuleta into a defensive star in St. Louis, called Archuleta on Tuesday and told him he would be released. For Smith, the decision was a tough one. Being a fan of Archuleta, Smith was hoping to find a way to make it work this season for the veteran safety.

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