Wide receiver Reggie Harrell finished his rookie season by dividing time between the practice squads of the Bears and New York Jets. He spent the final six weeks of the regular season with the Jets before joining the Bears for the postseason. Harrell was a two-time All-Mountain West player for TCU, but he never truly had a chance to break into the receiver rotation with the likes of Bernard Berrian, Mark Bradley, Rashied Davis, and Justin Gage in front of him.
Wide receiver Bryan McClendon was a four-year letterman at Georgia, catching 56 passes for 830 yards and six touchdowns in his collegiate career. The former Bulldog was an Academic Honor Roll selection and also earned the Iron Man Award for not missing one practice or summer workout during his time in Athens. But like Harrell, the Bears simply had too many superior receiver talents on the depth chart to justify keeping McClendon around.
Offensive guard Tyler McMeans came to the University of Miami as a junior college transfer and started 18 games in two seasons as a Hurricane. He was an honorable mention All-ACC as a senior and one of only six offensive players to start every game in 2005. McMeans only began playing football his senior year of high school and didn't have much of a chance to get on the field with the depth and experience the Bears have along the offensive line.
Defensive end Mike Mendenhall accumulated 64 tackles with 14 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks as a senior at Temple. He also forced three fumbles and recovered one more his final season with the Owls. But the Bears are fairly deep and talented along the defensive front, and even with the shoulder injury Alex Brown sustained this past Friday night, there was no room to keep Mendenhall in Chicago.