The Chicago Bears cut offensive tackle Jonathan Scott and brought back tight end Kyle Adams. Here’s what they said in their release:
LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears signed TE Kyle Adams and terminated the contract of vested veteran Jonathan Scott.
Adams has appeared in 23 games with two starts over two seasons (2011-12) with the Bears recording four receptions for 40 yards with one special teams tackle.
During his six-year career with Detroit (2007-08), Buffalo (2009), Pittsburgh (2010-11) and Chicago (2012), Scott started 35-of-70 games played. Last season with the Bears, Scott appeared in 12 games with seven starts (five at right tackle and two as a sixth-eligible lineman).
You have to believe that Scott’s knee wasn’t responding the way the Bears wanted it to and he couldn’t go on. You have to wonder what kind of advice the Bears were getting from team doctors and how they weighed that information in the decision to cut Scott. Had they known the extent to Scott’s, you have to wonder if they would have made a different move in shaping their 53-man roster. If anything happens to starters Jordan Mills or Jermon Bushrod, you’d better hope Bears management isn’t regretting cutting a tackle with 44 career starts in J’Marcus Webb.
The Bears now have 8 offensive lineman on their roster - Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, Roberto Garza, Kyle Long (R), Jordan Mills (R), James Brown, Eben Britton, and Taylor Boggs. That leaves Britton as the only swing tackle in the group. James Brown, who primarily played guard in the NFL, played tackle in college.
More peculiar, the Bears now have 4 TE’s on their active roster – Martellus Bennett, Dante Rosario, Steve Maneri and Kyle Adams – along with fullback Tony Fiammetta. They also have Fendi Onobun waiting in the wings on the practice squad. I find it hard to believe they’ll keep all those tight ends, so unless you’re Martellus Bennett, I’d rent instead of buying if you’re a Bears tight end.
Something tells me the Bears aren’t done tweaking the back end of their roster. Don’t be shocked to see another offensive tackle added to the mix.
What do you think? Are you surprised that Scott is gone? Will the Bears regret cutting a veteran tackle with 44 career starts?
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