In anticipation of the Tuesday deadline for NFL teams to trim their roster down to 75 players, the Chicago Bears have begun making cuts to their roster this weekend.
The Chicago Bears informed veteran defensive tackle Nate Collins on Saturday afternoon that he will be released before Tuesday.
Collins was attempting to return to the field for the Bears in 2014 after the veteran tore his ACL in 2013 with the Bears.
In recent seasons when the Bears have been lacking depth on the defensive line, Collins proved to be a valuable asset for the team.
Unfortunately for Collins, the Bears’ overhauled their defensive line position with depth this off-season.
This off-season, the Bears added defensive ends Jared Allen, Willie Young, and Lamarr Houston in free agency. In addition to their free agency signings, the Bears also drafted defensive tackles Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.
Given the added depth to the Bears’ defensive line, the Bears were likely going to release a quality defensive lineman before the regular season started. Collins was the victim.
In addition to releasing Collins, the Bears also released cornerback Derricus Purdy on Saturday. Purdy’s stay with the Bears was brief as the 2014 undrafted free agent signed with the Bears last week.