3. Kindle Vildor will not make the Chicago Bears roster
When the Chicago Bears drafted two cornerbacks, the vibe was pretty strong that Kindle Vildor would be out the door. The team would save over $2.5M to release Vildor, and he is in the last year of his contract, so his long-term status seems set as well.
Still, he was a starter for all of last year, so the question is do they think higher of him than some of us? The answer is no. Vildor appears to be out of the picture. We knew that when Tyrique Stevenson and Terrell Smith were getting work with the first team early in training camp. Now, the Chicago Bears put it on paper.
Both Smith and Stevenson are second-team, ahead of Vildor. As we noted with Roschon Johnson, this is significant for rookies to move up. Still, the third-team features Greg Stroman and Josh Blackwell. We knew Blackwell would be in the mix at CB5, but Stroman over Vildor is surprising.
More than that, both Jaylon Jones and Michael Ojemudia were fourth string, and both were ahead of Vildor. Vildor is listed next to Macon Clark, a rookie UDFA who has not shot at making the team. These depth charts do not mean much, but for someone so high on the depth chart last year, this was clearly deliberate. Vildor will not play for the Chicago Bears this year.