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
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.
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.