After a strong start to the NFL Free Agency period yesterday, the Chicago Bears are starting to make their cuts. In signing former New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett, they filled a giant void on offense. This, as you may guess, means that somebody has to go.
In fact, the Bears appear to think it means more than one player has to go. Today it was announced that Chicago has released former starting tight end Kellen Davis. Davis caught a total of 47 passes in four years for the Bears, not a number many fans hang their hats on.
The Bears also cut tight end Matt Spaeth. Spaeth appeared on a limited basis last year for Chicago and only hauled in six passes, one of them being a touchdown. Spaeth is known to have a pair of hands his quarterback can count on, so it won’t be tough to find work for him. The Bears just didn’t use him much because of Evan Rodriguez getting playing time as a rookie.
Phil Emery said in his press conference today that more cuts will be made — specifically, starting with defensive tackle Matt Toeaina over next couple of days. Toeaina played a limited role last year as well, appearing on the inactive list a few times. With the emergence of Pro Bowler Henry Melton and backup Stephen Paea, he simply wasn’t needed.
The Bears cleared a bit more cap room with these moves hopefully in order to try and resign key players Brian Urlacher and Israel Idonije. Nick Roach is also a free agent, and is said to be visiting with the Oakland Raiders today.
With the Free Agency period in full swing, the Bears have made it apparent they are not messing around.