Today has been a busy day at Halas Hall for the Chicago Bears. The biggest headline was made when the Bears signed veteran and five-time Pro Bowler Andre Gurode. In a corresponding move, the Bears released veteran defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. The Bears also brought in several players for tryouts and added wide receiver Dale Moss to the practice squad. They released wide receiver Raymond Radway and offensive guard Chris Riley from that unit. Other offensive linemen were brought in today for tryouts, so there’s a chance one or two more could be added to the mix.
The Bears offensive line has been going through several changes. With Lance Louis out the season with an ACL tear, Chris Spencer has cartilage damage in his knee and Chilo Rachal MIA, the Bears needed immediate help. Recently benched tackle Gabe Carimi filled in for Louis at right guard and did a solid job last Sunday. While the Bears haven’t named a starter at guard, my hunch is that Carimi may get consideration.
Okoye has been an interesting story with the Bears. He was very productive last season but decided to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over money. When the Bucs released him, he came back to the Bears. Frankly, he’s done very little this season and Nate Collins has taken away Okoye’s playing time.
Radway was signed a few weeks earlier and showed some real promise with the Dallas Cowboys last season, but he just never recovered from a broken leg. The Bears gave him a shot, but it didn’t pan out. Moss is an interesting prospect. Many feel that he is very raw, and with the right coaching could be a productive player in the NFL. The former South Dakota State product has turned heads with his size and speed. But he has work to do. Riley played at Illinois State.
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