Right now, the Chicago Bears are looking to identify which players to keep and which players to release. The first set of offseason cuts must be made by August 16, 2022. The team will need to cut five players and trim the roster from 90 to 85. One week later, the Bears will need to cut another five players and drop from 85 to 80. Then, only one week later, the Chicago Bears will need cut their final 27 players and drop from 80 to 53.
If we compare these dates to the NFL preseason schedule, the first cut is three days after the Bears’ first preseason game versus the Kansas City Chiefs. The second cut is five days after the Bears face off against the Seahawks in their second preseason game. Finally, the last cuts must take place three days after the final preseason game versus the Browns.
The Chicago Bears have a few familiar veterans who are likely to be cut
When a team goes through a rebuilding period like the Chicago Bears are this season, most of the time younger players are coveted over older veterans. This isn’t the deciding factor obviously, but when looking at the roster, there are five veterans who are likely to be cut this offseason. That is unless they come out of the gates fast and prove they are more worthy of a roster spot than the others on the team.
Chicago Bears veteran likely to be cut this offseason: David Moore, WR
When the Chicago Bears signed David Moore, I’ll admit I was excited about the potential of having him on the field with Justin Fields. Fields is said to be somewhat comparable to Russell Wilson when it comes to playing style and Moore had his best seasons with the Seahawks. While in Seattle, he had two seasons of 5+ touchdowns.
That said, the signings of Dante Pettis and Tajae Sharpe are even more exciting than Moore, and I think Moore will be the odd man out now. Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, Velus Jones, Dante Pettis, and Tajae Sharpe make the most sense as the top five receivers to stick around. Now, it’s a matter of which receiver rounds out the sixth spot (assuming that’s all they keep). It will come down to Equanimeous St Brown, Dazz Newsome, Nsimba Webster and David Moore. I’ll assume Luke Getsy will want to keep St. Brown around.
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