Bears roster tracker 2018: Following their moves through cutdowns, waivers
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The Bears’ final roster due at 3 p.m. Saturday. Truth is, most of the spots have already been spoken for.
“(General manager Ryan Pace) and I have gotten together and we’ve discussed a good majority of it, because we want to make sure that in certain areas we’re thinking the same — or we can prep on to what we know we’re going to have to talk about here in the next couple of days,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “We can already kind of know that ahead of time.
“So we’ve gone over all the positions and talked through different stuff, and now, (Friday), we’ll get the coaches involved and we’ll listen to all of that. We’ll take everybody’s input and ultimately Ryan and I will just talk through it and we’ll figure out what the best decision is, you know.”
Even players who make the team Saturday won’t be completely safe: the Bears figure to make a waiver claim or two Sunday morning.
Follow along throughout the weekend for the latest Bears roster moves:
9:30 a.m.: The Bears named their final two players to practice squad: defensive back Jonathon Mincy and center James Stone. The only member not to spend camp with the Bears, Stone was recently released by the Raiders.
6 p.m: Mitch Trubisky will get to keep Tyler Bray in his quarterback room, after all, after the third-stringer was one of eight players the Bears named to their practice squad. Running back Taquan Mizzell also made the squad. Linebacker Josh Woods, offensive lineman Dejon Allen and defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson were named to the team, as was cornerback Michael Joseph. Joseph, a rookie, starred at Div. III Dubuque after barely playing at Oswego High School.
2:15 p.m.: Running back Ryan Nall cleared waivers and will join the Bears’ practice squad, sources confirmed.
2 p.m.: Bears general manager Ryan Pace said the team will put tight end Adam Shaheen on injured reserve. He sprained his right foot and ankle against the Broncos.
1:55 p.m.: To make room for Khalil Mack, the Bears cut former third-round pick Hroniss Grasu, general manager Ryan Pace said. He’d been the team’s third-string center.
1 p.m.: The Bears didn’t claim anyone on waivers.
12:53 p.m.: Receiver Tanner Gentry cleared waivers and will join the Bears’ practice squad.
7:58 p.m.: The Bears made their final roster official. Notably, Khalil Mack, acquired from the Raiders on Saturday, is on the reserved list, meaning the team will have to cut someone once he’s placed on the active roster.
7:15 p.m.: The Bears waived cornerback John Franklin, inisde linebacker Ro’Derrick Hoskins, cornerback Michael Joseph, cornerback Jonathon Mincy, running back Taquan Mizzell, offensive lineman Will Pericak and safety Nick Orr.
7:14 p.m.: The Bears waived/injured cornerback Rashard Fant.
7:12 p.m.: The Bears cut third-string quarterback Tyler Bray, running back Knile Davis, receiver Bennie Fowler, nose tackle John Jenkins, offensive tackle Matt McCants and defensive end Nick Williams.
7:10 p.m.: The Bears put receiver Marlon Brown on injured reserve.
5:35 p.m.: Eagles GM Howie Roseman told Philadelphia reporters that he’s traded for Bears safety/cornerback Deiondre’ Hall. Hall, who is suspended for the opener after violating the league’s substance of abuse rules, won’t count toward their 53-man roster until Week 2. It’s unclear what the Bears are getting in return, though it could be a conditional draft pick.
4:20 p.m.: Guard Dejon Allen was waived.
2:15 p.m.: Guard Jordan Morgan, who was drafted in the fifth round last year and then sat out the season with an injury, is being waived, sources told Patrick Finley.
1:50 p.m.: The Bears are waiving defensive end Cavon Walker, per sources.
1:41 p.m.: Sources confirmed the Bears waived receiver Garrett Johnson, an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky.
1:40 p.m.: The Bears are waiving defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson, who could return on the practice squad, sources told Patrick Finley.
1:30 p.m.: Rookie running back Ryan Nall, who shined throughout the preseason, is being waived, sources confirmed. Nall could end up on the Bears’ practice squad if he goes unclaimed. His strong preseason might draw interest from outside clubs. The Oregon State undrafted free agent had runs of 69, 32, 24 and 17 yards this preseason.
1:10 p.m.: Outside linebacker Elijah Norris, an undrafted free agent, is being waived, sources confirmed.
1:00 p.m.: Sources confirmed the Bears are waiving cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc. It qualifies as perhaps the biggest surprise of cut day yet — but for Khalil Mack, of course. LeBlanc was expected to be the Bears’ backup slot corner and a special teams contributor. Expect the team to look for cornerbacks on the waiver wire Sunday.
12:45 p.m.: Rookie punter Ryan Winslow is being waived, sources confirmed, seemingly clearing the way for veteran Pat O’Donnell to make the 53-man roster. It will be interesting to see if the Bears are intrigued by any veteran punters put on the waiver wire. They signed O’Donnell to a one-year contract in March.
12:40 p.m. Tight end Colin Thompson is being waived, sources confirmed. Thompson played behind Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen, Dion Sims, Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker this offseason. Shaheen has an injured right foot/ankle and Brown hurt his right shoulder Thursday.
12:22 p.m.: The Bears are releasing outside linebacker Kasim Edebali, sources confirmed. The 29-year-old German appeared to be the Bears’ most experienced reserve outside linebacker — but trading for Khalil Mack changed the calculus. Edebali hurt his right leg Thursday but said he was fine.
12:10 p.m.: Inside linebacker Jonathan Anderson is expected to be placed on injured reserve and eventually cut with an injury settlement, sources told Patrick Finley. He has a groin injury.
11:56 a.m.: Linebacker Josh Woods, who impressed the Bears before injuring his finger during camp, is being waived. He could return to the team’s practice squad if he clears waivers.
11:48 a.m.: Receiver Malachi Jones, the 2018 Arena Football League Rookie of the Year who was signed during training camp, was waived, sources told Patrick Finley.
11:47 a.m.: John Timu, who’s started nine games over four seasons for the Bears, is being cut, sources confirmed. That leaves the Bears with — at least for now — two rookies on its inside linebacker two-deep: Roquan Smith and Joel Iyiegbuniwe. The Bears re-signed the Washington alum to a one-year deal in March.
11:40 a.m.: The Bears are waiving offensive lineman Brandon Greene, sources confirmed.
11:34 a.m.: The Bears are waiving receiver Demarcus Ayers, sources confirmed.
11:25 a.m.: The Bears are cutting cornerback Doran Grant, who had a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown Thursday, sources told Patrick Finley.
11 a.m.: The Bears are waiving wide receiver Tanner Gentry, sources told Adam L. Jahns.
8:30 a.m.: In an absolute shocker, the Bears are set to acquire Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack, sources confirmed. The Bears are expected to give up at least two first-round picks, though the exact total compensation remains unclear.