(Edited by Russ Loede) The Bears have dumped former Oklahoma Sooner second rounder Mark Bradley. The wide out was signed through ’09 and was set to make $520,000 this year and $570,000 in ’09. He’s been rather invisible for the past of couple of years, as he started four games as a rookie (outperformed Berrian), but none since. The talented, yet often-injured ’05 selection made 38 catches for 583 yards and four touchdowns during his limited and painful stay in the Windy City. The team also added Bucs second-year CB Marcus Hamilton (Virginia) off waivers Tuesday. Hamilton made his NFL debut against Chicago last Sunday, as he recorded one tackle and two pass deflections.
Look for the 3rd round rookie receiver out of Vanderbilt, Earl Bennett, to see significant playing time with the likes of Rashied Davis and Marty Booker producing next to nothing. With Brandon Lloyd being the only viable target for Orton to consistently throw to, expect more two TE sets and lots of Matt Forte; whenever and wherever, whether running the football or catching it. Figure in a hurt Devin Hester being unavailable for the time being, Chicago needs someone to catch the ball and step up rather soon other than the usual customers – Forte and Lloyd.
I believe there will be a Brandon Rideau sighting in the next week or so. Remember, Rideau was on the receiving end of three touchdowns in the preseason and he has legitimate height (6’3″) – he would become the team’s tallest receiver. I would not be surprised if he starts a handful of games before this season’s over with the aforementioned problems we have at the position (#1 weakness). He easily should be activated before the team’s Bye in Week 8 – he’s worth a close look.