Tag:New England Patriots
Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:41 pm
 

Podcast: Week 1 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

Are you ready for some football? No, seriously, are you?

Because it's football time, people. Less than 24 hours from kickoff.

And that's why Andy Benoit and I are here to run over the Week 1 games with you, doling out helpful information to help you understand who will win, and answering all the important questions about Week 1, like "Is Tampa Bay-Cleveland the worst game of the season?"

So, go ahead. Click the play button. Got a question? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL)

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:48 am
 

Hot Routes 9.8.10: Well, how big a boy are you?

Posted by Will Brinson

Originally I was going to try and get a full post out of Suh and Larry (via Suh's Twitter account, seen right) and the whole "big boy" thing was aimed at Deuce (see: No. 2 below). Then I realized that it was something the Cable Guy might say and that I definitely don't have 300 words in my brain that revolve around that picture.

We will, however, accept captions in the comments or via twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) , where you may also send tips for the Hot Routes.
  • Deuce Lutui will get loose at right guard for Arizona , despite heavy concerns (literally) about his weight keeping him from performing at an expected level. Said Lutui, it's "not the first time I've been called fat. It's one of those things, as a big boy, you have to live with."
  • My buddy RJ Bell of Pregame.com points out that the Colts are expected to be favored in 15 of their 16 games this year (the lone exception being their game at New England), while the Lions are only expected to be favored in ONE game, when they play the Rams in Week 5 at home. These expectations, remember, don't judge future performance (necessarily) ... just expectations.
  • So, there's apparently a chance that Tim Tebow might not play in Jacksonville, as according to the Denver Post , he and Brady Quinn are still battling it out for the No. 2 quarterback spot. There might be a full-on revolt at Everbank Stadium if that happens.
  • Hue Jackson, the Raiders offensive coordinator, helped get T.J. Houshmandzadeh from Seattle to Baltimore. Weird .
  • Big Blue View takes a look at the 2009 Giants draft class and decides that it might be nice to take a mulligan on that one, even if Hakeem Nicks is pretty talented. Unfortunately, well, you know how mulligans work in the NFL.
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:24 am
 

Brady doesn't want to talk about his deal, Moss

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday was all about Tom Brady and the potential for him getting a new deal -- originally it was reported by the Boston Herald that Brady had received a three-year, $58 million offer from the Pats and was close to inking. That was semi-refuted by more reports from ESPN, who, just a little while later, reported seperately that four-year deal could be done before the season .

Fortunately, Brady hopped on WEII with Dennis and Callahan Wednesday morning and the guys were able to force him to answer all the relative questions about the Patriots, his possible contract and Randy Moss' apparent unhappiness with his lack of a deal.

Okay, actually, when asked about having a new deal "in his desk drawer" on Sunday, Brady was fairly noncommittal.

"Well, I think everyone on our team would," "Every player on our team would, every coach would, but that's just not the way things work."

He did, of course, "admit" that he and the Patriots were talking, but really only so much in that he "admitted" they talk about stuff.

"I think there's always communication," "I've been in communication with them on a lot of things. It's pretty uncomfortable talking about a contract ... I don't want to get into it. For me it's the same as it's been -- I want to find a way to score some touchdowns against the Bengals."

Brady was also asked about Moss' state of well-being and whether or not he was concerned about the wideout's contract.

"Randy is my locker mate, and he's one of my great friends on the team," Brady said. "He and I have a lot of conversations that are certainly very personal to the two of us. This is the third team he's been on, so he knows what the business is and he also knows what he can bring to the team."

Without reading TOO deeply into what Brady is or is not saying, it's definitely worth noting that on this weekly radio show, he's almost always open about almost everything. But he even managed to (kind of) skirt the issue about Moss returning.

"I would love that," Brady said. "Of course I would -- I would love that. It's not my decision. I think this is the type of things that's out of every player's controls -- we're not general managers. I would to have Logan [Mankins], I would love to have other players that are extremely important to our team. From my standpoint as a quarterback, I love Randy and I would love to play with him for a long time."

If he's shifting the focus from his contract/Moss' status over to the first game (which is the standard athlete line, even if it's true), that means he'd rather not say exactly how he feels about those two particular subjects.

Maybe he's worried he's jinxing them, or -- more likely -- he's just smart enough not to offer a potentially damaging bomb on the radio just before the Pats start their season.

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 8:04 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 8:51 pm
 

The latest on Brady and a new contract

A new contract for T. Brady is looming (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like Tom Brady is inching closer and closer to getting a new contract. We told you about it earlier today, when a new contract (thought to be a three-year, $58 million extension) was said to be imminent.

Brady and the Patriots aren’t quite there yet, but it’s getting ever so close. In fact, ESPN.com is reporting this evening that a deal could be done before the regular season begins, though it’d likely be a four-year extension.

Aside from that, it’s kind of wait and see for now.

So, I’ll leave you with this, because it’s too awesome not to go unnoticed.

Coach Bill Belichick was asked about the possible extension at his news conference today. Not surprisingly, he didn’t have much to say. Just for my amusement (and for all the fans who say, “Yeah, Bill. Screw all those sports writers. Don’t give them nothing,” here’s part of the transcript.

Q: There was some talk this morning that a possible contract extension was afoot for Tom Brady.

BB: I don’t have anything to report on any contracts.

Q: I know I asked you this last week, but with the timing with everything, if any contract is going to happen with any player, does it behoove the team and the player to get it done before the season opener and not have anything extend into the season?

BB: You can use the same answer I used last week. If it’s the same question I’d give you the same answer, how about that?

Q: When you first started coaching, it was not unusual for players to spend their entire career with one team, but now with free agency it’s becoming less common. Would there be a certain pride for you or the team if Tom Brady were able to spend his entire career here?

BB: Right now, really our focus is on the Bengals. That’s what we’re working on. As far as a lot of future planning and contracts and all of that, I’m not really going to get into those now. Our focus is on the Bengals and that’s where we’re going to keep it.

Q: What does it mean for a team to have a quarterback like Brady, so consistent year after year? What does it do for an offense or a team to have his presence there?

BB: It’s always good to have consistency on your team at every position and every unit. Certainly quarterback is in that category.


By the way, when I said “it’s too awesome not to go unnoticed,” I was being sarcastic.

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 10:00 am
Edited on: September 7, 2010 11:22 am
 

Report: New contract for Brady is 'imminent'

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ian Rapoport tweets that the Boston Herald is reporting that a contract extension for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is “imminent”. The terms are said to be three years, $58 million.

Pro Football Talk says that Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft spent time together over the weekend in Cape Cod. (Big weekend for AFC East owners visiting financially-dissatisfied superstars).

Brady is set to make $6.5 million in 2010. If he signs the offer on the table, he’ll be a Patriot through age 36.

UPDATE (11:22 a.m.) Adam Schefter of ESPN tweets, "Aware of Brady-contract talk. But two knowledgeable people say reports of deal being in place are 'inaccurate" and "wrong'. We'll see."

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 7:13 pm
 

Randy Moss feels 'not wanted' by Patriots

Posted by Will Brinson

The Patriots have plenty to worry about (their secondary, which is full of teenagers, for instance) without focusing on Randy Moss, who's been known to trouble teams before, and who is entering the final year of a three-year deal.

But that won't stop them from having to deal with Moss and his contract situation, apparently.

"When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted," Moss said in an exclusive interview with CBSSports.com . "I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling -- feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down. I am speaking from an individual standpoint. I don't know about Tom (Brady's) or whoever else's contract.

"I am a little older and understand the nature of the business -- the older you get the more your skills supposedly diminish, but I think I am getting wiser in how to use my physical skills. That's the frustrating part when you put so much heart and desire into things and feel like you are not wanted."

So, yeah: BAM. That's the hammer that no one who cares about the Pats wants to hear.

The additional bad news is that someone will have to tell Moss he's wrong about his skill usage (and equally off if he thinks he's getting a new deal from New England any time soon).

Of course, the good news is that if Moss feels slighted by his contract situation, there's a chance he produces monster numbers this year. Still, the notion that Moss is a little upset and might cause problems for the Patriots is troubling, to say the least.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: September 4, 2010 9:23 pm
 

NFL cut day: updating the latest noteworthy moves

Posted by Andy Benoit & Josh Katzowitz

On this NFL cut day, we're monitoring all the media outlets and waiver wire action like a hawk so that you can make this is your one-stop shop for instant news and analysis on all the latest noteworthy cuts. Stay with us throughout the day.

Troy Williamson, WR, Jaguars
This isn't a hugely surpising move, because it never seemed that Williamson had a chance to make this team. The Jaguars are stocked with talented young receivers, and in the end, there wasn't a need for a former first-round pick who's had such a disappointing career (eight catched in the past two years with Jacksonville).

Dre Bly, CB, Lions
The Lions secondary has been brutal the past few years, and Bly was signed in the offseason to add a veteran presence. Bly wasn't that bad last year with San Francisco, but if he can't make a Detroit squad that's still in need of secondary help, that's not a real good sign for the health of his career.

Justin Hartwig, C, Steelers
He'd been the starter the previous two seasons in Pittsburgh, but along came rookie Maurkice Pouncey and took away his starting spot. Now, Hartwig's spot on the roster is gone. The team apparently had been trying to work out a trade for him but obviously failed to do so.

Spencer Havner, TE, Packers
Perhaps you haven't heard of Havner, who has recorded only seven catches in his two-year career. But reporters close to the team expressed surprise that Havner was sent packing, mostly because of his versatility and because he was decent-to-pretty good in so many different areas (receiving, blocking, special teams).

Max Jean-Gilles, OG, Eagles
This was an interesting transaction and didn't have much to do with his performance in the preseason. Since the Stacy Andrews trade occured after the 6 p.m. cutdown deadline, the Eagles had to cut Jean-Gilles to complete the 53-man roster. The Eagles are expected to sign him Sunday - Jean-Gilles is a vested veteran that doesn't have to clear waivers. Unless, that is, somebody else comes to him with a better offer.

Chase Coffman, TE, Bengals
The 2009 third round pick of the Bengals didn't see any playing time last year, because even though he was a strong receiver, he had tons to learn on how to block (he never really had to do it in college at Missouri). Though we didn't know it at the time, the first-round selection of Jermaine Gresham this year and the comeback by Reggie Kelly probably sealed Coffman's fate

Sam Aiken, WR, Patriots
He was the special teams captain for New England, and it appeared he had landed one of the final WR spots. But apparently his deficiencies as a WR were too much for the Patriots to handle. Plus, he lost his gunner job on special teams earlier in the preseason.

Derrick Burgess, LB, Patriots
He had a league-leading 16 sacks in 2005, and he was a Pro Bowler that year and the next. But his skills have steadily declined since then, and against the Giants in New England's final preseason game Thursdasy, Burgess was terrible. He couldn't defend the run or rush the passer. And if you can't do either, New England - which will struggle to rush the passer this season - doesn't want you.

Trent Guy, WR, Panthers
Not a big-name guy, but he's got a great story. In July 2008, Guy was shot in the back while leaving a nightclub, and he barely escaped paralysis and/or death. Read the complete story here on the Charlotte Observer web site. Alas, he'll likely end up on Carolina's practice squad.

Troy Smith, QB, Ravens
After signing Marc Bulger in the offseason, the Ravens shipped away John Beck and now have released Smith. The former Heisman Trophy winner had wanted a trade in the offseason, but the Ravens never got around to it. But who would take him? He's got speed but his accuracy is questionable, and he doesn't appear to have the tools to be an NFL starter. The Ravens will keep only two QBs on the roster for now.

Chad Jackson, WR, Bills

Thought to have first-round potential, Jackson was picked in the second round of the 2006 Draft by the Patriots. So far in his career, he's made exactly 14 catches. Jackson was out of football in 2009, and that's exactly where he's going in 2010 as well.

Kraig Urbik, OG, Steelers
A third-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2009, Pittsburgh expected big things out of the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder. But he had a rough preseason last year, and he struggled while adjusting to the NFL speed. He eventually lost his backup spot, and apparently, the Steelers - who even tried him out at center in the offseason - have no use for him anymore.

Tank Tyler, DT, Panthers
The Panthers gave up a fifth-round pick to get Tyler last season. He had his moments but, as was the case in Kansas City, he never put it all together.


James Hardy, WR, Bills
The 6’5”, high-leaping ’08 second-round pick has not been the same since blowing out his knee. The Bills were hoping he could capture the starting job vacated by Terrell Owens.


Rhys Lloyd, K, Vikings
He was brought in to be a kickoff specialist. Vikings likely decided he wasn’t worth the extra cost (perhaps because they’re already paying a little extra to that old guy playing quarterback). Ryan Longwell will be pleased – he didn’t want to give up the kickoff duties in the first place.

Jay Richardson, DE, Raiders
He was a starter a few years ago but has tailed off as of late. Teams should take a look at him, though. At his best, he’s one of the more impressive run-defending ends in football.


Will Blackmon, CB, Packers
The athletic but oft-injured cornerback/return specialist reached an injury settlement with the team.

Pierre Woods, LB, Patriots
We mention Woods only because the Patriots spent four years waiting for him to come around. Most non-achievers don’t last four months in New England. In the end, Woods never did come around. He was given an opportunity to work with the first unit last season, but in five starts he recorded zero sacks. (In fact, in four years total, he recorded just one sack.)


Chris Simms, QB, Titans
Known more for his name than anything. Would have been nothing more than the third-string option in Tennessee. Recent legal problems certainly could not have helped his cause. Titans will likely keep sixth-round rookie Rusty Smith as the No. 3.

Chevis Jackson, CB, Falcons
The competition for the starting cornerback job opposite Dunta Robinson has been so fierce that you forget about any Falcon corners being on the roster bubble. This explains the mild sense of astonishment we’re all feeling when we hear that Jackson, a third-round pick in 2008, has been waived. In his two years with Atlanta, Jackson mostly competed for reps at the nickel position. Jackson was never awful for Mike Smith; it’s a virtual guarantee that some team will quickly snatch him up.

Ian Johnson, RB, Vikings
By no means a big-name NFL player. But remember the Boise State running back who proposed to the cheerleader after scoring the winning touchdown against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl? This is him.


Matt Leinart, QB, Cardinals
What a disaster this whole saga turned out to be. Leinart is officially a first-round BUST. For more, click here .

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahawks
Given that his $7 million salary was already guaranteed, the Seahawks basically said they simply didn't want the veteran wideout around. You have to figure attitude played a part . What else could result in the sudden release of a surefire 70-plus catch weapon?


Brandon Stokley, WR, Broncos

He was everyone’s favorite “scrappy slot receiver” before Wes Welker. But at 34 and having caught only 19 passes last season, he’s expendable. The Broncos have been impressed with Brandon Lloyd, and they figure to develop high-drafted rookies Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.
Note: Stokley has a groin injury and, according to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, is still working out an injury settlement with the club. He's been placed on Injured Reserve, but when that's healed, he'll be released.


Jarron Gilbert, DT, Bears
Remember the San Jose State draft prospect who jumped straight out of a swimming pool last year? That’s about all the athletic defensive lineman is known for. Gilbert was drafted in the third round last season but hardly got on the field.

Allen Barbre, OL, Packers
Barbre, a fourth-round pick in 2007, showed up dripping with raw talent. However, things never materialized. Barber was victimized as a starter early last season and was never much of a factor in the ongoing job competition at guard.

Myron Rolle, S, Titans
The sixth-round rookie Rhodes Scholar was a favorite of the coaches. However, he lacked the necessary athleticism to thrive in the NFL. If he wants to continue with football, he could probably sneak on to a practice squad somewhere.


Jarvis Green, DE, Broncos
Seriously!? Green signed a four-year, $20 million free agent deal with the Broncos in March. He was a key contributor for eight years as a versatile downlineman in New England’s 3-4 scheme. But in Denver, Green eventually lost his starting job to Ryan McBean; the Broncos must have felt he was too expensive to be a backup (Green wound up walking away $3.225 million). With Ty Warren out for the season, the Patriots may want to consider bringing Green back.

Michael Clayton, WR, Buccaneers
Clayton has had one of the most enigmatic careers in recent NFL memory. He caught 80 balls for 1,193 yards as a rookie but has failed to top 38 receptions or 484 yards in the five seasons since. Injuries have never been a factor. Coaches say Clayton is the most impressive player in practice each week, but on Sundays, he pulls a Houdini. Bucs GM Mark Dominik must watch a lot of practice, as he gave Clatyon a new contract with $10 million in guarantees just last year.


Pat White, QB, Dolphins
The biggest name to get the ax (or is it axe?...why hasn’t society agreed on one spelling yet? ) thus far. Talk about wasting a second-round pick. White suffered a bad concussion late last season and was rumored to be questioning his football future earlier this summer. He wound up competing in camp, but the Dolphins no longer had a need for him after retaining Chad Pennington and bringing in Tyler Thigpen. Running back Ronnie Brown can continue to be the wild cat ace.

Josh Reed, WR, Chargers
This was to be expected after the trade for Patrick Crayton. Both are underneath possession receivers; Crayton, however, is a bit quicker and has been more productive in recent years.

Dave Rayner, K, Bengals
This means Mike Nugent has won Cincy’s kicking job.

Shayne Graham, K, Ravens
The longtime Bengal was expected to beat out Billy Cundiff for the Ravens kicking job. Apparently he didn’t. Cundiff has the stronger leg.


Donald Thomas, G, Dolphins
Arguably the most surprising cut thus far today – not because Thomas is a particularly good player (he’s not), but because he’s a third-year pro who started 12 games last season. Thomas badly struggled with his footwork and was too much of a plodder at times. The Dolphins signed Richie Incognito and drafted John Jerry to fill the guard spots over the offseason. Looks like Cory Proctor will wind up being the top backup inside now.


Darrell Reid, OLB, Broncos
The veteran special teams ace was on PUP all preseason with a bad knee. Even with Elvis Dumervil on IR, Denver still saw fit to move on. This tells you Reid probably had little chance of physically being ready to play anytime soon. The coaches also really like soaring newcomer Jason Hunter.


Travis Fisher, CB, Ravens
Fisher’s NFL career has been hanging by a threat the past few seasons. The former Ram is an experienced veteran, but the Ravens saw no place for him after trading for Josh Wilson.

J.P. Losman, QB, Seahawks
Could be back to the UFL for the underachieving former first-round pick.


Willie Parker, RB, Redskins
It’s common knowledge that running backs hit a wall around age 30. Parker hit his last year at 29. Parker’s yards per carry had decreased every season in his career until 2009 (when he had very few touches with the Steelers). He was hoping for a resurgence behind Mike Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme, but with his speed diminished and body dinged up (injuries have hounded Parker the past few years), he couldn’t climb out from the fourth spot on the depth chart.

Brandon McDonald, CB, Browns
McDonald is best known for his disgraceful tweet about Terrell Owens earlier this offseason. Looks like his reputation will remain there for a while. McDonald’s playing career in Cleveland is over. He struggled mightily in man coverage as the Browns starting cornerback last season and was benched on more than one occasion. Throw in his flashy, irritating attitude and he became an easy player for Eric Mangini and Mike Holmgren to dump.

William Joseph, DT, Raiders
The 2003 first-round pick of the Giants could be on done for good. Joseph is 31 and has never achieved consistent success at the pro level. Then again, he’s been shuffled on and off the Raiders roster since 2008 – maybe this is just another shuffle. He was fifth on the depth chart at defensive tackle. The news here is that Joseph’s release could mean John Henderson makes the final roster. We’ll find out.

Matt Jones, WR, Bengals
The only thing he had going for him was a history of legal problems (which seems to be an attribute Bengals owner Mike Brown covets in a player). Jones is too lethargic off the line to be a quality NFL receiver. The Bengals found that out.

Patrick Turner, WR, Dolphins
Turner was a third-round pick just one year ago. The Dolphins thought they’d found the next Marques Colston. Instead, they found the next Joe Nobody. Turner never earned the respect of coaches and teammates.

Jon Jansen, OL, Lions
No surprise here. Jansen is a sagacious veteran, but at 34, he has reached his physical end. He was a major liability wherever he lined up last season.

Bear Pascoe, TE, Giants
Thanks to injuries to starter Kevin Boss, Pascoe spent a great deal of the offseason working with the Giants first team offense. Because Pascoe played in only four games as a rookie last season, he is eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers.


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Posted on: September 3, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Notable cuts from Friday

Posted by Andy Benoit

With teams having to trim their rosters to 53 by Saturday, we’re seeing some familiar names showing up on the cut lists. Here are some of the headliners so far…
B. McCray (US Presswire)
Cody Brown, OLB, Cardinals

He was a second-round pick just one year ago. Second round! But injuries and bankrupt playmaking skills led to his quick release. This speaks volumes about Brown. The only other backup outside linebacker on Arizona’s roster who was even drafted is Will Davis (sixth-round pick 2009).

Bobby McCray, DE, Saints

No surprise here – the Saints cut him once already in June. They brought him back in July, but anyone who has dated their ex-lover knows how scenarios like these generally play out. McCray still has quickness off the edge – any team looking for pass-rushing help should give him a look.

Damione Lewis, DL, Patriots

Lewis has spent his entire career as a 4-3 defensive tackle. At 32, he was trying to make the transition to 3-4 defensive end. The Patriots are fairly thin on the edges up front after the loss of Ty Warren, but obviously not thin enough to keep the ex-Panther/Ram. Lewis started 31 games over the past two seasons. Don’t be surprised if he becomes one of those regular mid-season veteran acquisitions (ala Darwin Walker, Hollis Thomas or Grady Jackson).

Monty Beisel, ILB, Cardinals

This one is a true shocker. Beisel is by no means a star, but the Cardinals are by no means stable at inside linebacker. Obviously, they feel good about second-round rookie Daryl Washington. And, they must feel a lot better about Paris Lenon then those of us who have watched the fairy-footed veteran on film the past few years. The Cardinals are counting on Washington and Lenon to start, as inside linebacking mainstay Gerald Hayes is on PUP with back problems.

One would think Beisel would have started ahead of Lenon – or, in the very least, would have provided veteran experience off the bench. Instead, it looks like the Cards are prepared to roll the dice with former undrafted free agents Pago Togafau and Reggie Walker.

Jason Hill, WR, 49ers

Hill, a third-round pick in 2007, was a developing possession receiver, but he never quite developed rapidly enough. The Niners have recently grown fond of Dominique Zeigler, which made Hill expendable. Also, the Niners said goodbye to backup running back Michael Robinson. This suggests that Brian Westbrook will make the final roster.

Kris Brown, K, Texans

Texans newcomer Neil Rackers has won the team's kicking competition. Brown was the last original Texan.

Ladell Betts, RB, Saints

Half of you realize this is probably the end of the road for Betts. The other half of you are still surprised to learn that he’s been on the Saints roster these past few weeks.

Anthony Becht, TE, Cardinals

The long-armed veteran is a reliable blocker, but with younger, more athletic options Ben Patrick and Stephen Spach both healthy, Becht became expendable.

Kraig Urbik, G, Steelers

Maybe you don’t recognize this name. That’s precisely the problem. Urbik was a third-round pick last season. With the Steelers being resoundingly mediocre at right guard, it was expected that Urbik would push for playing time right away. Instead, he did absolutely nothing.

Al Afalava, S, Bears

Afalava saw time as a starting sixth-round rookie last season, but he did nothing to stand out. The Bears are crowded in the secondary anyway. Still, we’re talking about a young player with starting experience getting cut.


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