CB Wesley Traded to New England

Cornerback Dante Wesley mysteriously did not come out of the tunnel on Family Night at Soldier Field this past Sunday. Head coach Lovie Smith announced that Wesley simply was not in the team's future, and the organization was exploring other options. One of those options came to fruition Tuesday, as he was sent to the New England Patriots for a second-day selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Per the Chicago Bears:

The Chicago Bears traded cornerback Dante Wesley today to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Wesley signed with the Bears in 2006 as an unrestricted free agent after four seasons with the Carolina Panthers and appeared in 13 games last season for Chicago, gathering 13 special teams tackles and two defensive tackles. For his career, Wesley has collected 45 special teams tackles and 57 defensive tackles in 71 career games with two starts.

Bears Claim FB Quadtrine Hill off Waivers
The Bears claimed fullback Quadtrine Hill off waivers from New England today.

Hill entered the NFL last season as an undrafted free agent of the Houston Texans before spending a brief time in the preseason with the Bears. The University of Miami (FL) product was assigned to the Patriots practice squad this past January and had spent the early part of training camp with New England before being released earlier this week.

JC's Take: Wesley was a longshot to make the team, especially since seventh-round draft pick Trumaine McBride has performed so well thus far in training camp. Known as a quality special teams player with Carolina, Wesley committed his share of penalties in the return game this past season and was demoted in favor of then-rookie Devin Hester when the secondary was down to its fourth cornerback at St. Louis in Week 14. It's hard to tell if the exit of both Wesley and Chris Harris says more about their less-than-stellar play on defense or the better-than-expected play of McBride and fellow rookie Kevin Payne, but depth in the defensive backfield got a little younger the last week or so.

Hill was a Bear for about 48 hours in 2006, and I wouldn't expect his stay in 2007 to be much longer.

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