Payne was part of a bevy of safeties and have been piling out of Jerry Angelo’s clown car in recent years. He had a strong 2008 season, but took a step backwards last season. He should have a better chance of playing meaningful snaps for the Rams. Meanwhile, see what Michael Wright has to say about the current state of the Bears safety position:
The Bears’ jettisoning of Payne doesn’t exactly alleviate what appears to be a logjam at safety. The club has six players — Wright, Harris, Danieal Manning, Al Afalava, Josh Bullocks and Craig Steltz – fighting for two starting spots.
I think Wright, Harris, Afalava and Steltz make the roster. Where’s Danieal Manning you ask? Last I checked, he hadn’t signed his tender offer. At best, he could be moving again; this time, back to the nickel spot.