J’Marcus Webb, Jordan Palmer among Bears’ 17 cuts
BY ADAM L. JAHNS and PATRICK FINLEY Bears Reporters August 30, 2013 9:32AM
Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer (5) drops back to pass against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
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Updated: August 30, 2013 11:32PM
Offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb’s maligned time with the Bears has ended. With the Bears wasting no time making their cuts on Friday, Webb announced on Twitter that he was waived.
“Good bye, Chicago! I gave you 3 years of me,” Webb said on Twitter.
Webb, a seventh-round pick in 2010, started every game at left tackle for the Bears last season, but he was bumped to the right side with the signing of Jermon Bushrod. It took Webb one preseason game to lose his starting spot on the right side.
Rookie Jordan Mills took over at right tackle and never lost the spot. Webb, who took a pay cut to better his chances with the Bears, was competing with veterans Eben Britton and Jonathan Scott to be the swing tackle.
Webb played the entire exhibition game against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. Britton didn’t play much against the Browns - a good sign that he made the 53-man roster -- and Scott has started to do more and more after minor surgery on his right knee.
“To evaluate J’Marcus from the sideline wouldn’t be fair to him,” coach Marc Trestman said after the Browns’ 18-16 victory. “We’ll get in and look at the tape very early [Friday] morning, and make some decisions, not only with J’Marcus but with the entire 53-man squad.”
That has been true.
Quarterback Jordan Palmer also announced on his Twitter account on Friday morning that he was released by the Bears.
Palmer, who was signed with Trent Edwards when Matt Blanchard was hurt, had an impressive showing against the Browns. But the Bears will stick with two quarterbacks, despite Trestman’s preference, to begin the season.
In all, the Bears waived 14 players and terminated the contracts of three more Friday, but need to remove five more from the roster by Saturday at 5 p.m. to get to the NFL’s 53-player minimum.
Running back Armando Allen, tight end Fendi Onobun and Webb highlighted the list. Fresh off an impression preseason finale, cornerback Demontre Hurst was also waived.
Guard Derek Dennis, linebacker Jerry Franklin, wideout Brittan Golden, long snapper Brandon Hartson, wideout Josh Lenz, safety Tom Nelson, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, fullback Harvey Unga, defesnive end Aston Whiteside and defensive end Josh Williams rounded out the waived list.
Quarterbacks Trent Edwards and Palmer and guard Edwin Williams had their contracts terminated.
The news was good for running back Michael Ford and tight end Kyle Adams, who were fighting Allen and Onobun for roster spots.
The team’s final moves figure to be dictated, at least in part, by injury settlements. With Cory Brandon and Brandon Hardin hurt, the team still has to cut three more players.