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.