Chicago Bears' Final Cut Tracker

Chicago Bears' Final Cut Tracker
Bears quarterback David Fales (12) prepares to lead his team in the first half. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

The Bears have to trim their roster down to 53 players by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m CT deadline. That means they will have to make 22 cuts.

On Sunday, the claiming period ends at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT. After that, the practice squad can be formed starting at 1 p.m ET/12 p.m. CT.

Here is the list of the players the Bears have already waived in this order, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs.

Cornerback Qumain Black

Note: Black was a longshot at making the team coming out of Division-II East Central. Even at a thin cornerback spot he failed to make an impression. He totaled five tackles this preseason. At 6-foot-1, 190 lbs, he could be a useful developmental piece for another franchise.

Linebacker Kyle Woestmann

Note: The undrafted rookie from Vanderbilt flashed plenty of pass rushing ability with four tackles in the preseason and two sacks coming in the preseason finale on Thursday night. Woestmann should land a spot on someone’s practice squad.

Tight end Dante Rosario

Note: A nine-year veteran, Rosario’s release comes as a surprise as he’s been a core special teamer the past two seasons for the Bears and a nice blocker. He spent five seasons previously with head coach John Fox (Carolina, 2007-10, Denver, 2011). Expect him a tight end needy team to come calling for his services.

Wide receiver Rashad Lawrence

Note: After spending last season on the Bears’ practice squad, the Northwestern product put together a solid preseason, totaling nine receptions for 83 yards. Lawrence could be a practice squad candidate in Chicago or elsewhere. This bodes well for Cameron Meredith’s chances to stay.

Tight end Bear Pascoe

Note: The seven-year veteran didn’t haul in a reception this preseason and with the recent acquisitions of Khari Lee and Gannon Sinclair it was hard to see him sticking around. Pascoe is a blocker first and foremost. Much like Rosario that’s where he will be looked upon to play if he gets another chance.

Linebacker Mason Foster

Note: Even though the fifth-year pro had 15 tackles and a sack and a forced fumble this preseason, he couldn’t earn a roster spot behind starters Christian Jones and Shea McCellin inside. The Bears opted to go cheaper and younger and that could mean any of the current rookies John Timu, Jonathan Anderson and Matthew Wells have a chance at an active roster spot or practice squad role. Finally healthy, Foster will latch on somewhere else likely as a run stopper.

Guard Conor Boffeli

Note: The Iowa product spent most of the 2014 season on the Bears’ practice squad after being with Houston and Minnesota previously in the year. Boffeli appeared in all four preseason games this year for the Bears, but was a longshot to earn an active roster spot. Expect him to land on another team’s practice squad if not the Bears’.

Quarterback Zac Dysert

Note: Despite claiming the third-year Miami (Ohio) product earlier this week, the Bears waived Zac Dysert. He could be brought back onto the practice squad, but it appears that if the Bears keep a third quarterback it will likely be David Fales. Fales shined in the preseason finale win over Cleveland on Thursday.

Defensive tackle Terry Williams

Note: The undrafted rookie from East Carolina posted seven tackles this preseason and displayed plenty of power in the trenches. However, the Bears are sticking it out at the defensive line despite Jeremiah Ratliff’s three-game suspension/current ankle injury and Eddie Goldman’s concussion. This could mean Goldman will be cleared for Week 1.

Wide receiver Ify Umodu

Note: Umodu, an undrafted rookie from Northern Arizona came on late in the preseason with a punt return touchdown against Cincinnati and a 16-year touchdown against Cleveland. At 6-foot-3, 215 lbs, Umodu has nice size and speed to be a developmental piece. Don’t be shocked to see the Bears stash him on their practice squad.

Linebacker Jonathan Anderson

Note: At a packed outside linebacker position, the rookie from TCU was never really given a chance to make the team. Anderson totaled 11 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in preseason action. He has upside at this 6-3, 227-pound frame. Anderson should land somewhere.

Tight end Gannon Sinclair

Note: Claimed this week off waivers from Arizona, the 6-7 rookie had a chance to make the team as a fourth tight end. But, it appears the Bears are opting to go with three tight ends in starter Martellus Bennett and backups Zach Miller and Khari Lee. Sinclair joins Rosario and Pascoe on the open market.

Wide receiver A.J. Cruz

Note: The speedy Brown product never really took control of the kick return battle over veteran Marc Mariani. He played well at times as a slot receiver, but the kick return game was where he was going to earn a roster spot. Cruz was waived/injured with an ankle injury and will likely go back to the AFL when he is healthy again.

Linebacker Matthew Wells

Note: Acquired early last month in exchange for guard Ryan Groy, Matthew Wells was a longshot to make the roster. Both players in the trade are out of a job. Wells is an undersized linebacker, who could be a practice squad candidate for the Bears with his special teams value. He had two tackles this preseason in limited time.

Linebacker David Bass

Note: The third-year Bear has been let go by the new regime, per sources. Despite being bounced around the active roster and practice squad through his first two seasons, Bass tallied four sacks along with an interception return for a touchdown; as a rookie in 2013. His release is the biggest surprise of the Bears’ final cuts. Bass will most certainly be signed by another team as either a pure defensive end or outside backer. He had six tackles and a sack this preseason

Offensive lineman Michael Ola

Note: With the emergence of second-year tackle Charles Leno Jr., Michael Ola’s chances to be the swing tackle took a hit. Jordan Mills could stick around in that role unless the Bears opt to add help from the outside. It appears veteran Vladimir Ducasse is locked in as the top backup at guard. Despite making 12 starts last season as a rookie (seven games at left guard, two at left tackle and three at right tackle), Ola fell out of favor with the new coaches.

Cornerback Jacoby Glenn

Note: The undrafted corner from UCF did nothing to stand out in the preseason. The Bears kept six pure cornerbacks including often-injured veteran Tracy Porter. Demontre Hurst’s value as a corner and sub safety kept him on the roster.

Guard Tyler Moore

Note: Moore was an undrafted rookie from UF. He should be in line for a practice squad somewhere with his 6-6, 324 frame as an interior lineman.

Defensive tackle Brandon Dunn

Note: Dunn was entering his second season with the Bears and considering they only kept five defensive linemen not counting Jeremiah Ratliff it is a thin spot. Ratliff is on the reserve/suspended list. Dunn could latch onto the Bears’ practice squad if they like what they saw in preseason action.

Defensive lineman David Carter

Note: Signed right before training camp, the 6-5 UCLA product was on his fifth team since entering the league in 2011. Carter didn’t show much for the Bears at a position where they certainly could use some help.

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