The Bears Waive Jordan Mills Among Moves On Sunday

The Bears Waive Jordan Mills Among Moves On Sunday
Bears offensive lineman Jordan Mills kneels on the sideline during Thursday's exhibition. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

After trimming their roster down from 75 to 53 on Saturday, the Bears had more work to take care of on Sunday.

Third-year tackle Jordan Mills being waived was the headline move by the Bears, per Pro Football Talk. Mills, a 2013 fifth round selection out of started 29 games at right tackle in two seasons. He started the preseason finale against Cleveland in a game full of backups on Thursday.

Even though he failed to impress the new Bears’ regime, the Lousiana Tech product should latch on somewhere else soon. When asked why the Bears let him go, Mills told the Tribune’s Rich Campbell that “they just wanted to go in a different direction.”

“It’s kind of shocking,” Mills told the Tribune on Sunday. “But it’s a part of the business. Some things, you never want it to happen to you, but you’ve got to move on from it. I wish the Bears nothing but success this year. It’s saddening, but the Bears are always going to be a part of me.”

The Bears were one of 16 teams who made waiver claims on Sunday. 27 players were claimed in total.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Patrick Omameh and Arizona Cardinals safety Harold Jones-Quartey were the two claims made by the Bears. Veteran safety Sherrod Martin was released along with Mills to make room for the two new Bears.

Trying to dissect the Bears’ offensive line moves isn’t easy, but cutting ties with Mills could very well mean that Kyle Long will be the starting right tackle when the team returns to practice at Halas Hall on Monday. If that is indeed the Bears’ plan then off-season acquisition Vladimir Ducasse would likely slide at right guard with Long at right tackle.

Long could very ultimately stay at right guard with second-year man Charles Leno Jr. being the starting right tackle. However, the Bears know they would be better off with Long as their right tackle and a patchwork guy like Ducasse or Omameh at right guard.

Also, keep in mind that sixth-round rookie Tayo Fabuluje would be the lone backup at tackle if Leno started opposite veteran Jermon Bushrod.

Speaking of Omameh, he is a third-year UCLA product who started all 16 games in 2014 at right guard in Tampa. With the selection of Ali Marpet in the third round, the Bucs used Omameh at tackle in camp, but he failed to stick.

Omameh allowed five sacks, six quarterback hits, six quarterback hurries, and posted a -3.3 run blocking score in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus.

In a Week 12 meeting against the Bears at Soldier Field last season, Omameh finished with -5.3 overall grade which the worst among Tampa’s offensive line. He allowed two sacks, two quarterback hits and two quarterback hurries as the Bucs allowed five sacks and turned the ball over four times. Tampa Bay’s offensive surrendered the third-most sacks a year ago with 52.

The other waiver claim, Jones-Quartey is a raw defensive back, who played safety this preseason in Arizona after going undrafted out of Division II Findlay. For what its worth, he was listed as a cornerback on the NFL waiver wire. In the preseason, Jones-Quartey had eight tackles and an interception which came against San Diego in Week 2.

He will be a special teams player and could be depth at either safety or corner alongside Demontre Hurst. Both players have versatility and value on the third phase. The Bears have gone younger in the secondary as the average age of their 11 current defensive backs is just 25.

Just a note: New Tennessee Titans outside linebacker David Bass was the only Bears player claimed on Sunday. He was one of 15 Bears waived during final cuts on Saturday.

Practice squad formed

Here is the list of the Bears’ practice squad as the additions are announced:

Defensive tackle Terry Williams

Note: Williams is the top practice squad player. The East Carolina nose tackle had five tackles in the preseason including four in the finale against Cleveland. His presence on the roster is very important to the defensive line rotation.

Tight end Gannon Sinclair

Note: Claimed from Arizona a week ago, the 6-7, 256-pound Missouri State product is the fourth tight end on the roster behind Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller and rookie Khari Lee. Sinclair has upside.

Linebacker Jonathan Anderson

Note: The undrafted rookie flashed plenty of playmaking ability with 10 tackles in the preseason for the Bears. He had six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the preseason finale against Cleveland. The TCU product could be on the active roster sooner rather than later.

Fullback Paul Lasike

Note: The 5-11, 232-pound lead blocker reeled in a four-yard touchdown in the preseason finale against Denver. Recently waived by Arizona, he is a former rugby star, who played three years of football at BYU.

Linebacker Lamin Barrow

Note: Barrow is in his second year out of LSU. After playing in 16 games, making one start with John Fox in Denver, he comes over to the Bears as depth. He was a fifth-round pick a year ago.

Tackle Nick Becton

Note: Becton is in year three after playing for San Diego and New Orleans previously. The 6-6, 323-pound Virginia Tech product started the preseason finale for the Saints. He is extra depth at tackle.

Defensive tackle Brandon Dunn

Note: Dunn was waived during final cuts and considering the Bears only have five defensive linemen on the active roster, Dunn along with Terry Williams provide depth along the line. The second-year Louisville product appeared in three games for the Bears in 2014.

Cornerback Jacoby Glenn

Note: Glenn is an undrafted rookie from UCF. He recorded seven tackles in the preseason for the Bears and he has special teams value.

Wide receiver Jalen Saunders

Note: The Oklahoma product is now on his sixth team since entering the league as a fourth-round pick with the New York Jets. The 5-9, 165-pounder is a speedy receiver, who can contribute on special teams. He was with New Orleans and New England this off-season.

Wide receiver Ify Umodu

Note: The undrafted rookie from Northern Arizona caught four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown reception in the season finale. He also had the lone touchdown on a punt return in the Week 3 dress rehearsal against Cincinnati.

Fun fact: Players on the practice squad earn $6,600 per week, or $112,200 annually if they stay around the entire season.

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