The Chicago Bears are currently in the process of trimming down their roster to the final 53. The news that broke this morning per Sean Jensen twitter account was that the Bears were attempting to bring back defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who was released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers after signing a one-year deal with the team this off-season.
If Okoye passes the physical, the Bears will sign him for over the veteran minimum. This means the Bears will have to make another roster move to make room for the DT.
The Bears also shipped Full Back Tyler Clutts to the Houston Texans for Cornerback Sherrick McManis.
The Bears cut 20 players today. The following players that didn’t make the final 53 man roster:
- QB Josh McCown
- RB Armando Allen
- WR Brittan Golden
- WR Joe Anderson
- WR Terriun Crump
- TE Brandon Venson
- OG Ricky Henry
- OG A.J. Greene
- OT James Brown
- OT Corey Brandon
- DT Jordan Miller
- DE Chauncey Davis
- DE Aston Whiteside
- LB Xavier Adibi
- LB Jabara Williams
- CB Isaiah Frey
- CB Greg McCoy
- CB Cornelius Brown
- CB Jonathan Wilhite
- S Mark Legree
Most surprising cuts: Look no further than the CB position, where this year late round draft picks Frey, and McCoy didn’t make the team. I was under the assumption that one of the two rookies would make the team as a developmental project, but neither player impressed the coaches enough to warrant a spot on the 53 man roster.
Wilhite came as a surprise cut simply because with the release of the two rookies, he would be a lock to make the roster. The trade for McManis made the release of Wilhite easy for the team, considering that McManis is the superior special team player.
Not so surprising cuts: McCown and Allen sort of headline today’s cuts, but neither came as a shock. The Bears have a lot invested in Jason Campbell as the back-up, and the team plans to put recently cut QB Matt Blanchard on the practice squad by the end of this week. It made since from that prospective to free up a roster spot by carry just two QB’s instead of three.
Allen had a strong game against the Cleveland Browns last night, but RB Lorenzo Booker offers more on special teams as a returner and personal protector for the punter. Allen didn’t make the Bears roster, but he more than likely will catch on with another team.
OT Brown had a strong game last night, but overall didn’t have an impressive preseason. The Bears should be able to have no problem sneaking him and fellow OT Brandon on the practice squad.
WR Anderson was putting pressure on Dane Sanzenbacher for that sixth WR spot, but Sanzenbacher strong performance in the finale sealed Anderson’s fate. However, Anderson impressed enough to be a strong consideration for the practice squad.
Stay tune as I will give my analysis on the Bears final 53 man roster.