NFL cut-down day has arrived. Each of the league’s 32 teams have until 3 p.m. CT on Saturday to trim 80-player training camp rosters to 53. As a reminder, these aren’t final rosters. Because with the waiver wire process opening on Sunday, additional moves figure to be on the horizon. In short, the roster that comes across after 3 p.m. probably won’t be the same as the one that opens when Week 1 kicks off.
By my estimates, the Chicago Bears – who got a head start on roster movement earlier in the week – have 21 cuts to make to get down to 53. And we’ll track them all here:
• Defensive lineman Trevon McSwain will be placed on waivers, tweets Brad Biggs of the Tribune. McSwain was an undrafted free agent who played his college ball at Duke.
• Chris Emma of 670 The Score reports wide receiver Thomas Ives has been waived, but is “a strong candidate” to return to the team’s practice squad. The new CBA has expanded practice squad rosters to 16, so let’s keep an eye on who will slide there.
• Running back Artavis Pierce was cut, per Jason Lieser of the Sun-Times. As it stands, the Bears’ running backs room consists of David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, Ryan Nall, and (maybe?) Cordarrelle Patterson.
• Kicker Cairo Santos has been released, according to Biggs. I didn’t think it was feasible for the Bears to roster two place-kickers, and it’s possible that Santos could return to the practice squad. We’ll keep an eye on this situation as it develops, because we can’t have a roster cut without a kicking conundrum.
• Defensive tackle LaCale London has been cut, per Lieser, who adds the Bears intend to bring him back on the practice squad.
• Elsewhere on the defensive line, Biggs tweets the Bears are to waive defensive Abdullah Anderson. He, too, is considered to be a practice squad stash.
• Cornerback Stephen Denmark is another player Biggs reports is expected to go on waivers. The Bears drafted Denmark in the seventh round in 2019. One year after drafting Denmark, the Bears selected two cornerbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
• Patrick Finley of the Sun-Times tweets offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen has been cut. Eiselen is a Yale product from South Africa. His making the season-opening 53-man roster was a long-shot, but let’s not allow that to take away from a fun story to follow.
• Cornerback Xavier Crawford is being waived, according to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero. Crawford, a sixth-round pick by the Texans in 2019, is viewed to be a practice squad candidate.
• Reserve interior offensive lineman Sam Mustipher is expected to be put on waivers, per Biggs.
• Offensive lineman Badara Traore has been cut, tweets Lieser. Traore was one of the undrafted free agents the Bears signed last spring. And for what it’s worth, Biggs adds Traore is a “strong candidate” for the practice squad.
• A trio of updates from Biggs. The Bears terminated Tyler Bray‘s contract, which leaves Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles as the only quarterbacks on the roster. They also waived cornerback Kevin Toliver II, then waived/injured linebacker Isaiah Irving. Toliver was in the running for the starting cornerback gig at one point, but Chicago could move on and add a veteran depending on who is available.
• A collection of others via Biggs: WR Reggie Davis, TE Jesper Horsted, OL Lachavious Simmons, LB Rashad Smith, LB Ledarius Mack.