The Bears appear ready to give up on another pair of 2009 draft picks. Numerous reports indicate the 2nd year wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias and defensive end Jarron Gilbert will be waived. Here’s a tweet from Sean Jensen:
Hearing from a league source that ’09 third-round pick Juaquin Iglesias has been informed that the #Bears are going to release him.
Meanwhile, Vaughn McClure at the Tribune had this to say:
Receiver Juaquin Iglesias and defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert, both third-round picks in the ’08 draft, appear to be on the way out. Gilbert told the Tribune he had not heard a word from the Bears Friday. Efforts to reach Iglesias were unsuccessful, but his lack of contributions on special teams does not help his situation as the sixth receiver.
We all know that the 2009 draft was supposed to be all about Jay Cutler, when the Bears traded a pair of first round picks and a third rounder for the former Broncos quarterback, but this looks like another lost draft otherwise.
The Bears still held the 17th pick of the 2nd round, but Jerry and Co. traded down with Seattle. The Seahawks took center Max Unger, who is starting for the Seahawks this season at right guard. In trading down, the Bears also passed on notable players such as wide receiver Mohamed Massoqui (starting for the Browns), Phil Loadholdt starting at right tackle for division rival Vikings, and Shonn Greene, the starting running back for the Jets.
I won’t even elaborate on the players taken between Gilbert and Iglesias and beyond. You can check it out for yourself by clicking here.
It’s the continued ineptitude at evaluating talent forces to the Bears to seek big dollar free agents. As a matter of fact, if former high draft picks like Garrett Wolfe and Greg Olsen were performing anywhere near their high draft status, the Bears wouldn’t have to dig deep to pay costly free agents like Chester Taylor and Brandon Manumaleuna. And don’t even get me started on the cavalcade of defensive ends the Bears have drafted and failed to develop. Is it talent evaluation? Is it coaching?