Bears release left tackle Leno after drafting Jenkins

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CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 11: Charles Leno #72 of the Chicago Bears awaits the snap against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on November 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 34-22. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are parting with veteran left tackle Charles Leno Jr. Leno says on Twitter that his “time in Chicago has officially come to an end” and calls it “a bittersweet day.”

He said he will “be rooting for the young guys to succeed” and thanked Bears fans. Drafted by Chicago in the seventh round in 2014, Leno started every game the past five seasons and 93 in a row dating to 2015.

He made the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2018.

Leno’s release comes after the Bears traded up to draft Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins in the second round on Friday.

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