5 Chicago Bears’ Veterans Who Will Not Make The 53-Man Roster
5 Veterans That Will Not Make The 53-Man Roster For The Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears' general manager Phil Emery is entering his second season with the team. Emery has reshaped the roster a bit since he has joined the Bears, but there is still some work to be done. With new head coach Marc Trestman aboard, I think the Bears could be cutting ties with some players who have been around for a while. This regime has no attachment to these players and some are easily replaceable.
The Bears' offense always underperformed under Lovie Smith. This is why Trestman was brought in as the head coach. In today's NFL, you must be able to score points and move the ball down the field. Smith and his many offensive coordinators were never able to do this and take advantage of an outstanding defense. Bears fans are hoping that Trestman lights a fire under this offense. I think he does this by trimming some of the fat off of the roster.
The Bears have many players, both offensively and defensively, that have a ton of potential, but are big-time projects. Chicago has waited for some of these guys to come around for years; eventually, though, you just have to cut your losses and get rid of the player. I think we will see some of that before the regular season starts.
Emery and Trestman are building a new culture with the Bears. Yes, Chicago won some games with Smith, but they never really had the offense to be truly competitive. New general managers and coaches like to draft and sign their own players. Because of this, it is probably a very tense training camp for some veterans. Here are five veterans that I do not think will make the 53-man roster for Chicago.
James Anderson, LB
James Anderson was brought in to help fill the void left by Brian Urlacher. With the emergence of rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene, I am not sure that Anderson will be needed.
Devin Aromashodu, WR
Brandon Marshall received a ton of targets last season as the Bears struggled to find a second wide receiver option. Devin Aromashodu was brought in to fight for a receiver job, but with young guys like Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson emerging, I do not think Aromashodu will stick around once the season starts.
Devin Hester, KR/PR
Do not get me wrong, Devin Hester is probably the greatest kick returner of all time. What he did early in his career was incredible. That being said, those days are long behind him. After a failed experiment of making Hester a wide receiver, he is an average returner without an offensive or defensive position. With Eric Weems being just as good as Hester at returning, and Weems actually being a legitimate receiver option, I do not see the reason to keep Hester on this team.
Craig Steltz, S
Craig Steltz has been a solid contributor for the Bears for a few seasons. He is nothing special, but he gives you nice special teams production and can fill in at safety in a pinch. That being said, the Bears brought in Tom Zbikowski this offseason and he is simply a better version of Steltz. With Major Wright, Chris Conte and Zbikowski in the fold, I do not see the reason to keep Steltz around.
J'Marcus Webb, OL
I think it is time for the Bears to cut their losses with J'Marcus Webb. At 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds, Webb has ideal size for an NFL left tackle. There is just one problem, he is not a very good blocker. The Bears have tried to mold Webb for years and at this point, I think it is time to move on. He constantly gets beat by the pass rush and he is nothing special when it comes to run blocking. Jermon Bushrod was brought in to be the left tackle and rookie Jordan Mills has been running with the first team at right tackle. It is time to cut ties with Webb for the Bears; he is a lost cause at this point.