Flurry of roster moves

The Bears needed to get under the NFL training camp maximum of 90 players on its active roster and to do so the team cut several players including Casey Urlacher.

Urlacher was trying to make the team as a fullback, but is not giving up on professional football. He plans to return to Atlanta where he has been training the past few months.

"I have been making inquiries to the Chicago Rush Arena Football team," Urlacher said. "They have some great coaches and some excellent players. I just heard that several Rush team members have just been picked up by the Packers for this season. If that ends up to be the best route into the NFL, then that's the path I'll take. After all this time and all this work, I'm not ready to give up my dream of playing professional football just yet."

The Bears have 10 NFL Europe roster exemptions, but to get to the 90 number also had to waive tight end Mobalaji Afariogun, wide receiver Gary Lusk and long snapper Carson Dach this week. Each of the three were signed as undrafted free agents following the 2003 NFL Draft.

However, the team signed center Carson Dach out of Eastern Michigan and placekicker Alex Walls from Tennessee.

The chances of either making the squad out of training camp are minimal, particularly for Walls, who is competing with the most accurate kicker in Bears history in Paul Edinger.

"I'd expected to end up somewhere before training camp, it was hard to guess where that would be," Walls said. "This is a great team and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play for the Bears. This is a chance for me to test the waters a little bit, to learn what life in the NFL will be like."


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