Tracking the 2023 Chicago Bears Roster Cuts

Bears General Manager Ryan Poles is entering his second roster cut-down as the top dawg in Chicago. But after an offseason of overhaul, I feel as if Poles’ decisions will be tougher this time around than they were last year. Plus, having the No. 1 waiver claim priority should allow for the Bears to be liberal with cuts knowing that they’d have the first shot at any player who gets put on the wire.

But before we get to that bridge (let alone cross it), Poles and the Bears have to trim the 90-player preseason roster to 53. Those cuts have been coming in since the team’s loss to the Bills in the preseason finale. And we’ll track them all here.

  • ICYMI: Quarterback P.J. Walker was released on Sunday, creating a path for undrafted free agent rookie Tyson Bagent to slide into the QB2 role. Also getting cut on Sunday was offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood. It was around this time last year when the Bears used a priority waiver claim to snag Leatherwood off waivers after the Raiders let him go.
  • The Bears are expected to put offensive lineman Kellen Diesch on waivers, reports the Tribune’s Brad Biggs. Diesch was a second-team All-Pac 12 player for Arizona State in 2020 and 2021. He seems like a candidate to spend another season on the Bears’ practice squad.
  • Another offensive lineman appears to be on the cut block. ESPN’s Courtney Cronin tweets the Bears are releasing Logan Stenberg. The Bears scooped Stenberg off waivers earlier in August. Maybe Stenberg will land on the practice squad. Although, he didn’t do anything memorable enough to nudge me toward making a push for him to make it.
  • Another offensive lineman joins the cut list with Bobby Haskins (via Zack Pearson) joining Stenberg, Diesch, and Leatherwood in being dropped by the Bears over the last 24 hours.
  • Adding linebacker Davion Taylor to the list of cuts, per Brad Biggs. Taylor, who Bears Assistant GM Ian Cunningham knows from their time with the Eagles, was a third-round draft pick by Philly in 2020.
  • Defensive lineman D’Anthony Jones is going on waivers, tweets Texas-based NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. Meanwhile, fellow DT Andrew Brown was also told he’d be waived (via Biggs). I thought Jones had a solid summer at training camp and in the preseason. He should be in consideration to land on the practice squad.
  • Brad Biggs (Tribune) adds WR Nsimba Webster to the list of Bears who are getting released. FWIW: Biggs calls Webster “a strong candidate” to re-join the team on the practice squad. Webster had some nice runs on end-arounds and could be an emergency return specialist option if push comes to shove.
  • More from Biggs, who shares that receiver Daurice Fountain and tight end Lachlan Pitts been waived. Fountain brought good energy to training camp practices and made some splash plays during preseason games. I hope he lands somewhere. The vibes are too good for him not to do so.
  • This is what the Bears’ receivers room looks like right now: D.J. Moore, Darnell Mooney, Chase Claypool, Tyler Scott, Equanimeous St. Brown, Velus Jones Jr., and Isaiah Ford.
  • Cameron Wolfe (NFL Media) reports the Bears are putting defensive tackle Bravvion Roy on waivers. Much like you can never have too much pitching in MLB, there is no such thing as having too many defensive linemen. I think this front office will be browsing the wire looking for defensive tackle help to round out the room at some point between now and the start of the regular season.
  • Linebacker Barrington Wade is going on waivers, per Brad Biggs. Wade, the Skokie native who played his high school ball at Niles North and collegiately at Iowa, signed earlier in August and has some NFL regular-season experience with the Broncos.
  • Another one from Biggsy, who has cornerback Michael Ojemudia on the cut line. I thought Ojemudia had a shot at maybe bumping Kindle Vildor off the roster. Perhaps he will make his way back to Chicago on the practice squad.
  • Speaking of Vildor, this is worth watching:
  • And a good pull from Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald, who notes that the NFLPA missed the boat by not guaranteeing the PPE raises on rookie contracts.
  • So long, Trestan Ebner:
  • A trio of cuts via Biggs: OL Aviante Collins, LB DeMarquis Gates, and TE Stephen Carlson. Poor Carlson is probably going to be remembered solely for this preseason drop:
  • Another wave of cuts has come through this afternoon: DT Travis Bell (Pelissero), FB Robert Burns (Fowler), S Kendall Williamson (Biggs), QB Nathan Peterman (Pelissero). This means Justin Fields and Tyson Bagent are the two quarterbacks on the Bears roster. I can’t say I saw this coming during the spring, but I’m glad that we made it to this point. Think about the development Bagent had to make to even create a QB2 controversy. Keep it up, young fella.
  • More to come…

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    Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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