The Chicago Bears have announced that they now have one free roster spot on their practice squad, with Tuesday’s selections only leading to just two cuts, along with one addition. Running back Raheem Mostert was the only arrival to the team following his signing, with fellow running back Senorise Perry and offensive lineman Laurence Gibson the two unlucky parties who were cut from the roster. Perry had spent two seasons with the Bears after arriving as an undrafted free agent back in 2014, finishing his opening season with a team high of 17 special team tackles. However, following a broken foot in 2015, Perry found himself in the practice team this year, before his eventual cut this week. Meanwhile, Gibson was originally a 7th round pick by the Dallas Cowboys back in 2015, also spending time with the Chiefs practice squad in the past. As a result of such changes, the Bears practice squad now consist of just nine players, meaning they have room for one more player.
The Bears suffered a disappointing opening defeat in the NFC North at the hands of the Houston Texans on Sunday, going down 23 points to 14 eventually, and will be looking to put things right as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles at the beginning of next week. Keep up to date with this week’s betting, with bookmakers Betway offering the Bears American football odds of 10/17 to overcome Doug Pederson’s men.
Bears head Coach John Fox remains upbeat despite the negativity surrounding his team, believing that his team missed opportunities to claim victory at the NRG Stadium. Fox pointed out two major reasons for the defeat, with the first coming with the Bears leading 14-13 midway through the third quarter. At this point, Akiem Hicks stripped the ball from Lamar Miller at the Houston 28. However, the Texans running back recovered the loose ball. The second such reason mentioned by Fox was during the second play, in which a Nick Novak field goal was fluttered over the cross bar after it was deflected by Sherrick McManis. Such errors are part of the reason as to why the Bears are the outsiders in the betting odds with Betway to win the NFC North title this season, with odds of 18/1.
Elsewhere, having been awarded a seven-year contract extension worth more than $125 million back in 2014, has Jay Cutler really lived up to such backing. Let’s be straight up about Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears and ask the key questions.
Should Cutler have been signed to a seven-year extension for more than $126 million back in 2014? Did keeping him produce any noteworthy results? Many Bears fans are certainly questioning the capabilities of the 33-year-old, with many believing that a young quarterback is needed in order to take the team to the next level.