The Bears, at around 5:30 PM on Saturday, officially released their 53-man roster.
While it’s almost impossible that it stays this way, the Bears bring 5 running back (including Michael Burton) and 5 tight ends on to their roster.
The reason I say that it’s almost impossible that it stays like this is because the Bears will likely make at least 2 or 3 waiver claims tomorrow, trying to solidify their weaknesses with those who other teams didn’t want.
Jeremy Langford, who has long been considered to be on the bubble, did end up making the roster. The only other remotely surprising thing about the running backs group is that fullback Michael Burton made the roster. Many were wondering whether the Bears would keep a fullback, and, low and behold, they did.
They did, however, waive camp favorite wide receiver Tanner Gentry along with fellow undrafted free agent Titus Davis. It was widely speculated that Victor Cruz’s release would lead to Gentry having a roster spot, but the Bears will likely attempt to add him to their practice squad. Davis is more of a question mark, though I think he’ll be added to the practice squad as well.
The Bears kept both Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker, though that will not stay the same through tomorrow I don’t think. One of them will likely get waived as a cooresponding move to a waiver addition.
Defensive limeman Jaye Howard, whose hip injury likely sealed his fate, was cut. I didn’t expect this to happen, but it does make sense the more I think about it.
Undrafted free agent Isaiah Irving was also waived. It had been speculated that the move of Lamarr Houston to injured reserve would open up a roster spot for Irving, but that spot was filled by Pernell McPhee, who was lifted off the PUP list today.
Deiondre’ Hall and Deon Bush, two roster bubble defensive backs, both made the team as the Bears kept 11 defensive backs. Hall, who I thought might be placed on injured reserve, was in fact not placed there today. It is possible, however, that a move like that could happen in coordination with a roster pickup.
They also decided to keep Connor Barth over Roberto Aguayo, opting not to carry both. John Fox had done that in the past, but will only stick with the one kicker to start out this season. Aguayo is another potential practice squad candidate.
Surprisingly, no 2017 undrafted free agents made the roster.
For a full breakdown, please read Larry Meyer’s breakdown that he posted to www.chicagobears.com today.