Four preseason games down and one to go for the Chicago Bears, who will soon have a slew of decisions to make regarding the season-opening 53-man roster.
The road to cutting the 90-man preseason roster began on Sunday when the team announced the release of offensive lineman Earl Watford:
Roster move: we have released OL Earl Watford.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 26, 2018
Watford started at right guard in Saturday’s preseason contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. I suppose the Bears saw enough from Watford on Saturday to lead them to be comfortable in making this decision.
Earlier in the week, we offered up the idea of the Bears trading from their perceived offensive line depth in order to address other areas of need, and it appears they at least tried to go down that road before parting ways with Watford. The move comes on the heels of an Albert Breer report that the team was shopping him on the trade market. After being unsuccessful in their attempts to deal Watford, the team released him.
Watford looked like someone who could be a part of the offensive line’s depth, especially after he received plenty of first-team reps at right guard during the offseason training program when Kyle Long was still sidelined as he recovered from offseason surgeries. The move leaves Hroniss Grasu, Jordan Morgan, Will Pericak, and whoever isn’t starting at left guard (between Eric Kush and James Daniels) as interior offensive line depth.
Despite the news, Watford seems to be taking the Bears’ decision to let him go in stride:
Appreciate the short time I was in Chicago. I still Rock with yall.
I don't enjoy unemployment so I'm willing to knock skulls and run through walls for monetary gain and a chance at a ring!
— Earl Watford (@EWatts78) August 26, 2018
Best of luck in your future endeavors, Earl.