Bears Make Final Roster Cuts

The Chicago Bears have officially waived 17 players to establish the final 53-man roster heading into the regular season.

The Chicago Bears today officially announced their final roster cuts, waiving 17 players. The following players have been released cut:

-WR Armanti Edwards

Edwards was initially a part of the kick returner competition but showed little on offense or special teams.

-RB Jordan Lynch

It was a great story while it lasted but Lynch just doesn't have a position in the NFL. He's an athlete, so maybe with more time playing running back he'll be able to develop and find a place on a league roster but it won't be with the Bears.

-TE Jeron Mastrud

-OL Rob Turner

-OL Dennis Roland

Roland is a big, versatile offensive lineman with 30 games starting experience at tackle. He also played some guard in training camp. Roland was on the bubble and I thought he might stick.

-S Marcus Trice

Trice was a tryout player who made the team coming out of rookie minicamp. A hard hitter in the secondary, Trice could get practice squad consideration.

-C Taylor Boggs

Boggs lost out to Brian de la Puente in the battle to be Chicago's backup center and swing guard.

-OL Ryan Groy

-OL Eben Britton

Britton was the team's third tackle last year and played well in that role, yet a hamstring injury suffered early in training camp derailed his preseason. Michael Ola emerged in Britton's place, making him expendable. The Bears will likely keep Britton on speed dial in case of injury or poor play along the front five. This move clears the way for seventh rounder Charles Leno Jr. on the 53-man roster.

-WR Dale Moss

-WR Chris Williams

Williams missed more than half the preseason due to a hamstring pull and was not impressive as a returner in his one-game tryout last week. Micheal Spurlock and Santonio Holmes will most likely handle the return duties to start the season.

-DT Lee Pegues

-LB DeDe Lattimore

Lattimore played well in the preseason finale and may get signed to the practice squad.

-CB C.J. Wilson

Wilson worked with the Bears for his second straight offseason, intercepting three passes the past two preseasons. He's a good candidate for the practice squad.

-LB Jerry Franklin

Franklin was a solid special teams player for the Bears in 10 games last season. He had a good preseason as well, so he could be a candidate to return in the near future.

-CB Kelvin Hayden

The release of Hayden is surprising, as he was slated to be the primary backup at all three cornerback positions. Sherrick McManis, who had an outstanding training camp and preseason, will likely assume that role.

-WR Josh Bellamy

This one may not stick, as Bellamy played very well in the preseason finale and is a viable No. 5 wide receiver option. The Bears cannot place Marquess Wilson on the Active/PUP list until after final cuts. If that happens, Bellamy would be the top candidate to be re-signed to take Wilson's roster spot the first six-plus weeks of the season.

-DE Austen Lane

Lane competed with David Bass and Cornelius Washington for the No. 5 and No. 6 DE spots down to the final preseason snap. The veteran barely lost out, with the team instead choosing to keep the two younger edge rushers.

-DT Brandon Dunn

-CB Al Louis-Jean

Louis-Jean had a very strong camp and preseason. He's athletic and physical, he's just raw. At just 20 years old, he's a near lock to make the practice squad.

-DT Tracy Robertson

-S M.D. Jennings

Jennings was a two-year starter for the Green Bay Packers but he never flashed on the field and could never climb his way up the depth chart.


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