NFL teams have trimmed their rosters to get down to the mandated 75. A further 22 players will be cut from teams ahead of the deadline for teams to get their final 53 by Saturday at 3 p.m. CST.
Typically the first round of cuts holds more of the veterans, as it’s seen as a courtesy to allow older players more time to find a new team before the season starts.
The Bears’ depth is paper thin, especially with the number of injuries they’ve been dealing with. The Bears have a talent deficiency and GM Ryan Pace will gather with his player personnel men and coach John Fox to see if there are any players in the first round of cuts that would be worth bring in.
With that in mind, myself and WCG’s own scout EJ Snyder scoured the waiver wire and picked out a few names that could have a nice fit with the Bears.
Geoff Schwartz, OL - Lester pretty much covered this one and, as a bonus Brandon Browner.
Arthur Lynch, TE - Snyder says “Aaron Murray's top target at Georgia has a nice all all around game and good size, but hasn't been able to put it together on the pro level. Given the Bears crying need for talent at the TE position Lynch could be project worth taking on.”
Lynch has no stats since being taken in the fifth round of the 2014 draft.
Terrance Knighton, NT - Knighton was a highly-coveted free agent just last offseason but now finds himself out of work. The seven year veteran has 14 career sacks and the Bears got an up close look at Knighton during their joint practices with the Patriots a couple of weeks ago. Pace should be familiar with whatever Knighton has or doesn’t have left.
John Sullivan, C - The ex-Vikings center is 31 and has been durable, missing only three games in his eight-year career. He also checks the all-important zone-blocking box.
Jake Stoneburner, TE - From Snyder: “Good size, decent speed and hands but trouble staying healthy.”
Kyle Friend, C - Snyder again: “Rook from Temple. Very tough and a solid technician. A bit of a Grasu clone with a meaner streak. Would be a PS add.”
Chris Hackett, S - From Snyder: “ Inconsistent but makes some big time plays. HJQ's rise has made safety less of an issue.”
Bjoern Werner LB/DE - Werner’s career isn’t that different from former Bear Shea McClellin. A tweener prospect who has never flourished at either LB or DE but he could be some cheap, young depth, especially if Pernell McPhee will be out for a while. Vic Fangio has done more with less.
Quinton Coples, DE - Another former first-rounder, the Rams released the one-time Jet. Coples could boost the depth behind Jonathan Bullard, Akiem Hicks and Mitch Unrein.
Are any of these players worth picking up?