With the final cuts all but completed, the Bears retained undrafted free agent WR Dane Sabzenbacher alone with 5 other URFAs. As expected, both Chester Taylor and Desmond Clark were cut. Taylor's fate was pretty much sealed when Marion Barber put in two back-to-back strong performances during the pre-season. Kahlil Bell also showed some flashes of brilliance during exhibition stretch as well.
The move to keep Sabzenbacher was definitely a move in the right direction for Mike Martz's offense. We should expect to see a lot of the Buckeye Wide-Out this season on 3rd down plays, and he should also fulfill the role of a solid possession type receiver. The move also could means that Roy Williams may not be as untouchable as he thinks he is in his own mind. If I was to use an autombile analogy to compare the two; Williams would be a nice shiny new Lexus that turns out to be a factory lemon, while Sanzebacher is that old reliable (well maintained) Chevy that always gets you to your destination and back. Yes, I'm expecting some great things from Dane this year.
The other hold-overs were TE Kyle Adams, LB Dom DeCicco (Briggs beware!), Safety Winston Venable, and FB Will Ta'ufo'ou. Venable could make life stressful for both Major Wright and/or Chris Harris, but time will tell. As far as Lance "Mo Money" Briggs is concern, DiCicco is a 6'4, 230lb LB from the University of Pittsburgh who played Strong Safety as well as OLB. He has decent speed (4.64 - 40), and was among the team leaders in tackles and interceptions. So there could be some positive potential here with DiCicco, but I'm no Mel Kiper Jr.
With Atlanta coming up in the opener this coming Sunday, I anticipate the Bears to put in a vigorous week of practice and preparation. We can't afford to the three ring circus with Angelo, Briggs, and Rosenhaus to become a hot-topic among the players and coaches. This is why I'm dead-set on the Bears trading Briggs away while his value is considerably high. Last year at this time, pretty much all of the Philly Faithful were diametrically opposed to the Eagles trading QB Donovan McNabb, and signing Michael Vick. Now Vick is Phillies new 100 million dollar man.....