Bears roster begins to take shape

Oct 10, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears offensive tackle J

The Bears have until Saturday at 3PM CST to get down to 53 players from the 75 they were at after last night’s game; They don’t plan on waiting that long.

Before many people have had their first cup of coffee at work, the Bears brain trust has already been hard at work shaping the tail end of the roster.

Already gone

Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune; the Bears have already informed Josh Lenz WR and Brittan Golden WR that they will be waived. This move is not surprising since the Bears are fairly stacked at WR with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett, Marquess Wilson, Joe Anderson, and Eric Weems. Both Golden and Lenz have less than two years of NFL roster experience (Collectively they have 0 experience) which makes them both eligible for the practice squad.

Despite having 10 days to work out with the team and putting up respectable numbers against the Browns backup Jordan Palmer said goodbye to the Bears via twitter this morning. This probably means that Trestman feels confident enough to go into the season with only 2 QBs on the roster knowing that he can call up Palmer in a pinch if necessary and be able to see a reasonably decent level of QB play (let’s all collectively pray Jordan Palmer never gets that call).

Also per Brad Biggs; two years was just too long to be out of football for Brandon Hardin. Hardin was selected in the 3rd round in the 2012 NFL draft. He missed all of the 2011 season with an injury and then missed all of 2012 with an injury as well. Anyone who watched him play could see how rusty he was so this move is not really shocking. Hardin is eligible for the practice squad which could be a nice place for his to get his football legs back underneath him. Is it just me or do others find it refreshing to see a GM move on from his mistakes quickly rather than let them sit on the roster and fester for a few years? Hardin was the 3rd pick Phil Emery made as GM and that was only a year ago. Good for Emery for seeing this for what it was; a strike out.

And now for the news that so many of you Bear fans have been waiting for…

J’Marcus Webb has been informed that he will be waived.

Let that sink in for a moment.

As a coach, I was enamored with Webb’s size and talent. He seemed to have everything you want in an offensive lineman except that extra something. Some people call it a mean streak; some call it attitude; others (in this particular case) call it skill. J’Webb just didn’t have it, so after a 3 1/2 year experiment J’Webb Nation is no longer a Bear.

Local product Tom Nelson S has also been informed of his release. Nelson played well on special teams but not enough to break up the log jam of guys in the secondary to secure a spot.

Per Brad Biggs; reserve C/G Edwin Williams has been released. Williams didn’t play that bad, but he didn’t do anything to distinguish himself either. He has enough talent to catch on somewhere; just not Chicago.

This is just the beginning Bears fans. Knowing what I know about Head Coach Marc Trestman, he will make cuts early so the respective players will have a better opportunity to catch on with other teams.

Stay tuned for more news of roster moves as the day progresses. Check the comment section for our cut tracker.

Topics: Armando Allen, Brandon Hardin, Chicago Bears, J'marcus Webb, Jordan Palmer, Trent Edwards

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  • Doug Bosted

    Brad Biggs reports Jerry Franklin LB will be released

  • Coach Boss

    Per Brad Biggs: Trent Edwards QB has been released

  • John Mack

    Is Josh McCown that much better than Jordan Palmer?

  • Coach Boss

    Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports that LS Brandon Hartson will be waived since Pat Mannelly has recovered.

  • Coach Boss

    I can’t say McCown is better than Palmer but McCown has spent more time in the system and Palmer was playing against the back ups of the back ups.

  • Coach Boss

    Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago clarifies that Brandon Hardin will be waived/injured with a fractured scapula. That’s 3 injuries in 3 years.

  • Coach Boss

    If Hardin clears waivers he will automatically revert to Bears IR.

  • Coach Boss

    Per Brad Biggs; Cory Brandon, who was injured in last night’s game will have surgery next week to repair a fractured leg and ankle ligament injury. He will either be placed on IR or receive an injury settlement from the team.

  • Coach Boss

    Derek Dennis OL has announced on Twitter that he is being released. “Just want to thank the McCaskey family, staff and coaches for a wonderful opportunity to represent a top notch organization and city!” Also “Hopefully I can do it again! Thank you bears family”

  • Coach Boss

    Multiple sources are now announcing the Bears will release DE Josh Williams and RB Armando Allen. Allen was fighting to be the 3rd RB until a hamstring injury derailed him. The list includes FB Harvey Unga, DL Aston Whiteside, CB Demontre Hurst who had some big plays in the 4th preseason game, DT Christian Tupou and HOF practice player TE Fendi Onobun. Whiteside, Hurst and Tupou are all eligible for the practice squad.

  • Coach Boss

    The Bears have 5 more cuts to make before the Saturday deadline. More potential moves could be made as the flood of new free agents hits the market.

  • Wisdom Speaks

    My crystal ball of the 53 man roster list I posted a week ago only J’Marcus
    Webb didn’t make it. Like I said then, I’ll say it again, Webb just made 25 with two good knees and Scott will be 31 this year with one good knee. Eben
    Britton and Jonathan Scott are other teams trash that were waived but are now
    serving as Swing Tackles for the Bears, that’s how it goes in the NFL. There is one big difference here, Webb still has a lot of growth as a player ahead of him while these two are 30, have already peaked, and are on the downside of their prime (whatever that was) and nowhere for them to go but down with their current skill level. Hey, decisions are made every day, they just don’t always turn-out they way the people making them think they will. If an injury occurs, Britton and Scott better turn-out to better options than Webb especially if Webb turns out to better a Swing Tackle than both of these guys somewhere else.

    • Celestino Shinn

      All indications are that Webb was regressing; he couldn’t hold his own vs 2nd and 3rd stringers. Most 7th round picks are gambles – some pan out, most do not. The Bears coaches gave him every opportunity to show them something; he failed, fairly spectacularly. Maybe he goes on somewhere and becomes a reliable back-up, maybe even a starter but I will not 2nd guess the coaches decision to let him go.

      • Wisdom Speaks

        All indications are that Webb was regressing? Really? He failed fairly spectacularly, is that what your eyes saw? Are the Bears coaching staff the only one with eyes? There are others who follow football other than the Bear coaches. Please tell me what Jonathan Scott has done to earn a spot on this team. Eben Britton is a guard not a tackle, what exactly do the Bears think they have there? The GM made a mistake by drafting Shea McClellin over players like Chandler Jones, David Decastro, Whitney Mercilus, Riley Reiff and Courtney Upshaw just to name a few from the 2012 1st round draft. Now the coaches are telling us that these two guys are better than Webb? GM’s and coaches are also prone to making personnel decision errors. Don’t believe every move that they make is the right one because on this case I see it differently just like I saw the draft differently.

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