Things aren’t going too well in Chicago at the moment. The roster has seen a lot of turnover with the likes of Shea McClellin, Jermon Bushrod and Matt Forte departing in the off-season to be replaced by uncertainty. There are opportunities for young players to come through and win serious game time in 2016, but equally there are veterans who are at risk of being moved out as the Bears search for future production over current veteran smarts.
Lamar Houston, OLB
The Bears stand to save just over $4 million dollars if they cut Lamar Houston – they can up that saving to $6 million if they designate Houston as a post-June 1st release. That’s a nice chunk of change for Chicago even though they aren’t tight against the cap right now there are extensions for players like Alshon Jeffery and Kyle Long coming up so every dollar is going to count. While the Bears pass rushing situation isn’t overly strong they did draft the lightning fast Leonard Floyd 9th overall. Floyd isn’t a certainty to start in week one but with Pernell McPhee, Willie Young and Sam Acho also on the roster Houston could easily find himself surplus to requirements during training camp. Ted Larsen, G Another man in danger of losing his job to a rookie. Chicago invested a 2nd round pick in Cody Whitehair who is certainly capable of stepping straight into the left guard spot left vacant by Matt Slauson. While the Bears offensive tackle position is in flux the interior offensive line trio looks very strong, meaning Larsen could find himself working elsewhere come September.
Greg Scruggs, DE
Chicago have gone to great lengths to strengthen their defensive line over the last few years, and the same happened this off-season. They signed Akiem Hicks from New England and then drafted Jonathan Bullard, as well as having guys like Ego Ferguson, Eddie Goldman and Mitch Unrein already on the roster. That’s a nice rotation of guys for Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense but it doesn’t leave a lot of room for the likes off Scruggs, who may apparently be considered for a switch to tight end in the pre-season. Moves like that don’t fill you with confidence when it comes to making the 53-man roster for week one.