Fox Under Pressure, Aguayo's Guarantee, Depth Concerns, Notable NFL Cuts, and Other Bullets

Social Navigation

Fox Under Pressure, Aguayo’s Guarantee, Depth Concerns, Notable NFL Cuts, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

Just because the Chicago Bears released their official roster on Saturday evening doesn’t mean you can get comfortable.

You can check out the Bears’ first 53-man roster here, but there will likely be plenty of changes along the way because the NFL’s waiver period opened up at 11 a.m. – and signings will follow starting after noon.

After finishing with a woeful 3-13 record in 2016, the Bears have the third pick in the waiver order. And because the NFL condensed everything into one big cut day, the waiver period basically amounts to a second draft, which could turn out to be beneficial for a team that has depth concerns throughout the roster.

We’ll see how active GM Ryan Pace is today in re-shaping his team’s roster.

  • With that in mind, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes the Bears 53-man roster is a work in progress because, well, it is just that after Saturday’s cuts. The team will be looking for youth and depth at several different positions, but wide receiver might be the highest priority. Cameron Meredith’s loss didn’t secure a roster spot for Tanner Gentry, but the Bears could have their eyes on several receivers because it seems unlikely the team would open the season with just five at the position. Finley writes the Bears could look to release fullback Michael Burton or one of the tight ends at the bottom of the depth chart in order to make room for a new pass catcher.
  • Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly questions the Bears’ receiver situation and the roster’s overall depth after Saturday’s cuts. It’s not a complete disaster, as Arkush notes improvements at quarterback and tight end, as well as faith in returning running back Jordan Howard. After that? Not so much. Arkush sees the receiver position as a disappointment, especially after the team placed Rueben Randle on IR, then parted ways with Gentry and Victor Cruz. Kevin White will need to perform to his first-round draft grade in order to elevate the group. There are questions at offensive line, which has depth, but no one stood out enough in Kyle Long’s absence in Arkush’s eyes to merit a better feeling. Of course, things can (and most likely will) change when the waiver process begins.
  • One of the most notable things the Bears did that might fly under the radar is the team’s choosing to part ways with young players possessing some potential and upside (Gentry, Isaiah Irving) in favor of experienced ones who are known commodities at this point of their careers. That doesn’t necessarily vibe with the vision of a rebuilding team, but it seems to fit the kind of decision making of a team angling to win now.
  • In that vein, Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times writes it will be winning time for head coach John Fox. Entering Year 3 of a four-year contract, Fox finds himself needing to mold a young roster into a team capable of bringing the Bears its first winning season under his direction. To his credit, it seems as if the players who were in camp (whether they made the opening roster or not) are on board and buying into the message being sold by their coach. There will be pressure to perform across the board to make 2017 a successful one in the win column.
  • I’m sure a team that was among the most valuable in the NFL can afford to scrounge up the cash to pay Roberto Aguayo’s guarantee:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.