Every NFL team must have its roster pared down to 75 players by 3 p.m. CST today. The same goes for the Chicago Bears, who finished up its first round of cuts by releasing cornerback Isaiah Frey and offensive lineman James Brown.
Frey was the club’s sixth-round pick in 2012. He spent his first season on the practice squad yet emerged as the team’s starting nickelback last year after Kelvin Hayden was lost for the season. Frey played all 16 games yet failed to make an impact on the field, racking up 47 total tackles, one pass break up, zero interceptions and zero forced fumbles.
Frey was in a battle to keep his roster spot during training camp yet a hamstring pull suffered the second week landed him on the shelf. He practiced for the first time yesterday but it was too little, too late. With the team re-signing Hayden, Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings this offseason, as well as using a first-round draft pick on Kyle Fuller, there just wasn’t any room on the 53-man roster for Frey.
Brown, a 2012 undrafted free agent, played in five games the past two years combined, with three starts at left guard. As a backup last season, he was inactive for all 16 contests. In training camp, Brown was outplayed by Michael Ola and Brian de la Puente, so his release isn’t surprising.
The Bears roster currently stands at 75 active players.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.