The Chicago Bears finalized their 53-man roster today and made a few interesting moves. Pretty much, anyone who should be on the team is still there. We all know who is going to be lining up on the field come September 9th so today is basically the day the coaches finalize their special teams roster. However, there were a couple of moves to note on the day:
- The Bears went ahead and released Josh McCown. Most teams will typically carry three quarterbacks on their roster but the Bears obviously couldn’t justify spending the $3MM + on McCown. I don’t really foresee this to be a problem as the Bears have excellent insurance in Jason Campbell in the case Jay Cutler goes down.
- Tyler Clutts is no longer a Bear. He was traded to the Houston Texans for cornerback Sherrick McManis. Based on McManis’ player page, the guy doesn’t bring a whole lot to the table as he has accumulated a whopping 18 tackles throughout his glorious 3 year career. To be honest, I am shocked the Bears were able to trade Clutts. Don’t get me wrong, I think Clutts is a solid player but I just was under the assumption the Bears were the only team in the league that still carried a fullback on their roster.
- The Bears made the decision to carry 6 wide receivers this year which bodes well for Dane Sanzenbacher as he survived this go around yet again. Kudos to him for making the cut but I don’t really see him being as big of a contributor as he was last year mainly because the Bears actually went out and got some legit talent at the wide receiver position this year. Gone are the days where the Bears are starting undrafted free agents while actually expecting results and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.
- The final move that really surprised me was the organizations decision to hold on to 4 tight ends. The Bears are rocking some serious monsters at this spot and are going to intimidate the hell out of opposing defenses simply due to their massive size. I really hope this means Mike Tice is realizing the value in having big, athletic tight ends. The only thing I see as a problem is these guys aren’t as talented as the Rob Gronkowskis or Jimmy Grahams of the world. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how these guys are utilized throughout the season.
So there are the moves. The Bears have the final 53 on paper and are going to start gearing up for September 9th against the Indianapolis Colts. The team has a lot of work to do before the regular season starts and now they can focus and get to the task at hand.
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