One day after suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, the Chicago Bears got to work on cutting down their roster before the final cut date. The Bears began in an unlikely place by dropping a former five-time Pro Bowler in safety Adrian Wilson.
The Bears had signed Wilson earlier this offseason, though, it appears that he just did not fit in well with the Bears’ plans for their revamped defensive scheme. It can also be argued that the 34-year-old Wilson was brought in as an insurance policy in the event that free safety Chris Conte was unable to recover from a horrendous 2013 campaign. Wilson was signed before Conte had a chance to return from offseason shoulder surgery, and one day after Conte proved that he can still bring big hits from the Bears’ secondary, Wilson was let go.
Also on the chopping block on Saturday were defensive tackle Nate Collins and backup running back Michael Ford. Collins had appeared in 14 games for the Bears over the past two seasons, and was just recovering from an ACL tear in 2013. Unfortunately for Collins, while he was rehabbing his injury, the Bears brought in plenty of extra help along the defensive line and Collins was lost in the shuffle.
Ford was a great success story in 2013, making the team as an undrafted free agent, though, he never got a chance to play in a regular season contest. During this preseason, Ford has been buried on the depth chart behind 2014 fourth-round draft pick Ka’Deem Carey and free agent pickup Shaun Draughn. Ford’s only shot at making the final roster was through his playmaking on special teams as a kick returner, but he never made anything out of his very few chances during the team’s first three preseason games.
There will be plenty more lockers to be cleaned out over the coming days as the Bears get their roster down to the final 53 men by the end of next week.
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