Bears Officially Cut 18 Players, Get Down To 53-Man Limit

The Chicago Bears have begun the process of trimming their roster down to 53 players. Here’s the list of roster cuts up to this point:

  1. CB De’Vante Bausby
  2. TE Ben Brauncheck
  3. WR Daniel Braverman
  4. CB Taveze Calhoun
  5. WR B.J. Daniels
  6. QB David Fales
  7. C Khaled Holmes
  8. CB Kevin Peterson
  9. LS Patrick Scales
  10. ILB John Timu
  11. OT Jason Weaver
  12. NT Terry Williams
  13. TE Rob Housley
  14. WR Marc Mariani
  15. TE Tony Moeaki
  16. RB Jacquizz Rodgers
  17. G Shelley Smith
  18. OT Garry Williams

Other roster moves include:

Moeaki, 29, is a former third-round of the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2010. Since then, he’s dealt with a number of injuries including knee operations and head injuries.

After brief stints with the Bills and Seahawks, Moeaki signed on with the Falcons in March of last year and has been testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The Bears signed him to a contract back in June.

In 2015, Moeaki appeared in 10 games for the Falcons and caught three passes for 58 yards receiving and a touchdown.


Holmes, 26, was taken in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.58 million rookie contract and set to make a base salary of $675,000 for the 2016 season when the Colts waived him back in May.

Holmes signed on with the Bears a few weeks ago.

In 2015, Holmes appeared in nine games for the Colts and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 46 guard out of 81 qualifying players.


Smith, 29, is a former sixth-round pick of the Texans back in 2010. He lasted a little over two years in Houston before he was cut and later claimed by the Rams.

The Dolphins signed him to a two-year contract in 2014, but he lasted just a year in Miami. Smith later signed another two-year, $5.65 million contract contract with the Broncos, but lasted less than a year in Denver.

Smith later returned to the Dolphins to finish out the 2015 season.

The Bears signed him to a contract a few weeks ago.


Daniels, 26, is a former seventh-round pick of the 49ers back in 2013. He lasted less than a year in San Francisco before he was waived and later claimed by the Seahawks.

Daniels was off of the Seahawks’ practice squad for over two years before the Texans signed him to their active roster in December of last year. Unfortunately, Daniels’ stay in Houston lasted just a few months, as he was waived in the weeks leading up to this year’s draft.

The Giants elected to signed Daniels to a contract in May, but was cut loose just a month later. Daniels signed on with the Bears back in July.

In 2015, Daniels appeared in eight games and record one catch for 12 yards receiving to go along with six rushes for for six yards and no touchdowns. He also completed one of two passes for seven yards.

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