There is plenty of reason to be optimistic if you are a Chicago Bears fan. Friday, the Bears made a handful of significant cuts in effort to get their roster down to the final 53-man limit needed by Saturday afternoon.
The most notable cut — and most exciting to fans — is the release of under-performing offensive tackle JMarcus Webb.
Webb started 44 games over three seasons with the Bears, but the former 2010 seventh-round draft pick was never able to put it all together and become the solidified starting left tackle he was needed to be. After Chicago signed Jermon Bushrod this offseason, Webb shifted to right tackle. However, rookie Jordan Mills supplanted Webb halfway through the preseason and thus began the quick downfall.
Bears fans are incredibly happy to finally have gotten rid of both Webb and former starter Gabe Carimi over the offseason. Both have been very inconsistent and no where near the type of players Chicago needs on their roster.
Other notable cuts made Friday were those of quarterbacks Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer who were signed recently because of the loss of third string passer Matt Blanchard due to injury. Chicago was planning to keep just two quarterbacks all along, and Josh McCown remains the backup behind Jay Cutler.
Former third string running back Armando Allen was let go in favor of undrafted free agent Michael Ford out of LSU. Ford impressed coaches with a heck of a motor during camp and the preseason. He possesses a bigger frame and much more power than Allen, also showing he can do some damage on special teams if needed.
Wide receivers Josh Lenz and Brittan Golden were also let go, as well as guard/center Edwin Williams. Lenz had impressed throughout camp, as had Golden at times, but neither were worth keeping over the guys ahead of them. Williams had been a fill-in starter at times for the Bears, but with their new-found depth on the line he was expendable.
Keep checking back with us throughout the weekend for the latest on Chicago’s final roster implications. They aren’t done yet, but soon will have that depth chart filled out completely.