After losing five starts to injury against the Vikings last week, including the loss of veteran guard Chilo Rachal, we knew the Chicago Bears were going to have to make some moves to bolster their roster depth, particularly along the offensive line, where the group will be down at least two, if not three, starters from where they were just two weeks ago against the Seahawks on Sunday.
In addition to being thin along the line, the Bears are starting to feel pressure at the wide receiver position without Alshon Jeffery, and with Devin Hester’s status (concussion) up in the air.
On Tuesday, Bears P.R. staff confirmed the signing of 33 year-old free agent G/C Andre Gurode, a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys. Gurode was a nine-year starter in Dallas but had a tough year in Baltimore last season and found a dry market this offseason, even after a number of tryouts, indicating that his time in the League may be nearing an end.
To make room for the veteran offensive lineman, the Bears waived DT Amobi Okoye (at this point in the season vested veterans are subject to the waiver process), who recently lost his spot in the Bears’ rotation on gameday to 24 year-old Nate Collins. Okoye took 165 snaps for the Bears this season.
The Bears also made some moves on their practice squad, terminating the contracts of WR Raymond Radway and G Chris Riley in favor of OL Derek Dennis and WR Dale Moss. Dennis received some late-round Draft consideration this year, but was ultimately signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent and also saw time in the preseason with the New England Patriots.
Moss entered the NFL this season as an undrafted free agent of the Packers out of South Dakota State and spent the first 10 weeks of the regular season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad.
The Bears still have a spot remaining open on their 53-man roster and could promote a practice squad player or sign another free agent this week.