D.J. Moore, Bears part ways

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Lance Booth - lbooth@shawmedia.com Corey Graham talks to D.J. Moore before the start of the game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Chicago Bears defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 with a final score of 39-10.

CHICAGO – D.J. Moore and his swirly haircut will be playing elsewhere next season.

Moore, a nickelback who spent the past four seasons with the Bears, said Monday that the team was not interested in re-signing him as an unrestricted free agent. He wrote on Twitter that general manager Phil Emery “said he [didn’t] want me back.”

The announcement was not a surprise given Moore’s late-season benching.

Moore intercepted 10 passes from 2010 to 2012, but he lost playing time to veteran Kelvin Hayden last season and did not play in three of the Bears’ final eight games. He managed only four tackles and one pass break-up in the second half of the season after registering 25 tackles and five pass break-ups in the first eight games.

Instead of making headlines because of his playmaking skills last season, Moore heightened a controversy in late September with his public criticism of Jay Cutler for shoving offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb during a game in Green Bay.

“I don’t think you can act like that,” Moore said.

The NFL’s free-agent signing period begins March 12.

-Tom Musick

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