Following their preseason victory over the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, the Chicago Bears began making their way to the roster limit of 85. By August 17th, teams had to get down to this number and will have to cut five more by the 24th, whittling it down to 80.
The tough cut comes on August 31st when teams have to get all the way down to their 53-man roster.
In the past couple of days, the Bears have been busy making a few moves. To begin with, the team announced the signing of veteran offensive tackle Jason Peters, who had spent the majority of his career as a perennial Pro Bowl lineman with the Philadelphia Eagles.
After the signing of Peters was announced, the Bears made a few more moves on Monday, cutting offensive lineman Gage Cervenka (just a few days after signing him), defensive back Dionte Ruffin and wide receiver Jester Weah.
Roster moves will continue coming in the next few days as the Chicago Bears work towards the next limit.
Tuesday, the Bears made down to 80 by releasing wide receiver Justin Hardy, outside linebacker Ledarius Mack and defensive back Michael Joseph.
Now that the team is down to the current threshold, they will go into Saturday’s game with the Buffalo Bills expecting to see some fierce competition towards the tail end of the roster. There may be several guys on the bubble, meanwhile others are already on their way out.
If we tried to predict the next five eventual cuts on our own, fans would be throwing out dozens of names. But, there are some guys who should see the writing on the wall. In the next wave of cuts, don’t be surprised if the Bears give the following players a chance to find their next team before the preseason is done with.