Bears release Garza

Lake Forest, IL ( – The Chicago Bears have parted ways with
longtime center Roberto Garza, releasing the 14-year veteran on Thursday.

Garza started 176-of-206 games during his career, which began in 2001 with
Atlanta before moving to Chicago in 2005. At one point during his career,
Garza started 101 consecutive regular-season games from 2003-10.

“We have a great deal of respect for what Roberto has brought to the Bears
over the last 10 years,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “He has been a great
player, teammate and leader. We wish Roberto and his family the very best as
he continues his career.”

Garza has been part of offensive lines that paved the way for eight 1,000-yard
rushers, including seven in Chicago, during his career.

In 10 seasons with the Bears, Garza appeared in 154 contests with 145 starts,
including all 16 games in seven of the last nine years.