A couple of former Chicago Bears players have been released by their new teams as NFL clubs scramble to get their rosters down to the league-maximum of 53 players before the 3 p.m. CT Saturday deadline.
One of those players is quarterback Jordan Palmer, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills just five days after signing with the team. Palmer was in competition to back up EJ Manuel for the team, but Buffalo ended up opting for another former Bear in that role, as Kyle Orton was signed by the team. The Bills will visit the Bears in Week 1 of the regular season.
One recently cut player that could potentially end up on the Bears’ radar at some point is safety Major Wright, who was cut loose by former Bears head coach Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wright, who played alongside Chris Conte with the Bears last season, was run out of town after a subpar season, and his inability to find a home in Tampa with Smith could mean problems for his NFL future.
With Ryan Mundy and Danny McCray likely the starters for the team, and Conte and Brock Vereen as reserves, could the Bears potentially bring in Wright as an insurance policy? It isn’t unheard of for teams to bring in former players to take advantage of their familiarity with the system, and safety is a position that the Bears could use all the depth talent that they can get.
Despite his familiarity with the team, a Wright reunion probably isn’t in the cards for the Bears. They have been going through safeties quickly, but it seems as though they are at least happy with Mundy at strong safety, meaning that the hill Wright would have to climb would be even higher.
With a low price tag, Wright could be an attractive option if injuries end up taking a toll on the safety corps, but as of right now, it doesn’t seem like a likely scenario that he’ll be donning a Bears jersey any time soon.