5 Veterans Who Won’t Make the Chicago Bears’ 53-Man Roster

5 Bears Veterans Who Won't be Around in Fall

Jordan Palmer
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This offseason, the Chicago Bears were busy upgrading a roster that wasn’t far from contending in 2013. With several key free agents now in the mix and an outstanding group of rookies ready to contribute, it’s looking like the team from the Windy City could be prepared to make a big run in 2014. Before they can do that, though, they need to trim the fat.

Here’s a look at five veterans who won’t be around when fall arrives.

WR/KR Michael Spurlock

Michael Spurlock
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WR/KR Michael Spurlock

Michael Spurlock
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It’s been a few years since Spurlock was relevant. Don’t expect that to change in 2014. The aging wide receiver was brought in to be a camp body and add some competition as a return specialist, but simply doesn’t have the speed, agility or youth to compete at this point. Barring some catastrophic event, Spurlock will not be on the Bears’ 53-man roster when September rolls around.

SS Craig Steltz

Craig Steltz
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SS Craig Steltz

Craig Steltz
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In hopes of upgrading the safety spot this offseason, the Bears made several free agent additions and even added some talent via the NFL Draft. The influx of ability at the position doesn’t bode well for Steltz, who has struggled to assert himself as a contributor since the Bears made him a fourth-round pick back in 2008. With so many options at strong safety, Steltz could soon be on the open market.

WR Armanti Edwards

Armanti Edwards
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WR Armanti Edwards

Armanti Edwards
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During his short NFL career, Edwards has been nothing but a disappointment. After transitioning from college quarterback to pro receiver, the former third-round pick hasn’t exactly been able to catch on. Don’t expect anything different with the Bears. The athleticism is there, but his poor grasp on what it takes to be an NFL receiver will cost Edwards an opportunity to stick around in Chicago.

DE Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije
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DE Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije
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Put simply, Idonije is no longer the impact player he used to be. Last season with the Detroit Lions, he struggled mightily to make an impact amongst an excellent defensive line, particularly failing to create a consistent pass rush. Even along a Bears defensive line that was a wreck last season, Idonije no longer has the speed or explosiveness to be a factor with so many other capable players in the mix.

QB Jordan Palmer

Jordan Palmer
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QB Jordan Palmer

Jordan Palmer
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Originally brought in to be the veteran backup to Jay Cutler, Palmer appears to have fallen out of favor with the recent addition of Jimmy Clausen. According to reports, the newly-acquired quarterback has already surpassed Palmer on the depth chart, and should have no trouble holding him off for the No. 2 job. With rookie David Fales likely a lock at No. 3, Palmer appears to be the odd man out.

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  • Yumpin Yoda

    Unlikely. Palmer over Clausen, IMHO.