Bears announce first cuts

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The Chicago Bears began the process of paring down their roster today with the relase of 14 players, including some NFL veterans.

There were no real surprises, but a handful of players with NFL experience were cut. Among those let go as part of the cut down to the NFL-mandated 75 player limit (by Tuesday, 4PM EST) were wide receiver Devin Aromashodu, safety Tom Zbikowski, and defensive end Kyle Moore.

Aromashodu was trying to rejoin the Bears after spending the past two seasons in Minnesota. The logjam at wide receiver though limited his opportunities, and the talent at that spot pushed him down the depth chart. Zbikowski, a Chicago native and former Notre Dame standout, never could rise past third string and didn’t standout in any camp practices. The former Baltimore Raven may draw interest from other teams looking for depth and a special teams presence, though he’s limited in range. Moore played decently through the preseason, but again the Bears may be more inclined to go with a younger player such as Cornelius Washington, the sixth-round pick from Georgia.

Below is a full listing of the players released:

PLAYER                                    POS                      UNIVERSITY

                                    Devin Aromashodu                  WR                     Auburn

                                    Curtis Brinkley                        RB                      Syracuse

                                    Eric Foster                                DT                     Rutgers

                                    A.J. Lindeman                          T                       Toledo

                                    P.J. Lonergan                           C                       Louisiana State

                                    Derrick Martin                           S                       Wyoming

                                    Kyle Moore                             DE                      Southern California

                                    Gabe Miller                              TE                      Oregon State

                                    Leonard Pope                          TE                      Georgia

                                    Brent Russell                          DT                      Georgia Southern

                                    Patrick Trahan                         LB                      Mississippi

                                    Tress Way                               P                       Oklahoma

                                    Lawrence Wilson                     LB                      Connecticut

                                    Tom Zbikowski                         S                       Notre Dame

 The Bears roster stands at 76, so one more move needs to be made by Tuesday. The deadline for the final cutdown to 53 is 4PM EST Saturday.



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