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Bears cut veteran LB Danny Trevathan

The Bears released veteran linebacker Danny Trevathan and officially announced five previously reported transactions, as the NFL’s free agency signing period opened Wednesday: they signed defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, guard/center Lucas Patrick and linebacker Nicholas Morrow; traded linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chargers; and released running back Tarik Cohen.

Cutting Trevathan was an anticipated move after the 31-year old veteran missed 12 games because of a knee injury and went on injured reserve on Nov. 19 — prematurely ending his sixth season with the Bears.

Trevathan, along with Akiem Hicks, was a key part of the Bears’ defensive resurgence under coordinator Vic Fangio when he signed a four-year, $28-million contract as a free agent in 2016 after four seasons with the Broncos.