According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, wide receiver Freddie Barnes, linebackers Tim Shaw and Kevin Malast, tight end Richard Angulo, safeties Al Afalava and Quentin Scott, center Tim Walter, and cornerbacks Cornelius Brown and Woodny Turenne were all informed of their impending release on Friday afternoon.
Some of the cuts were expected; however, having Shaw and Afalava released was surprising, as both played important roles last year for the Bears.
Afalava started 13 games last season and accumulated 53 tackles, two sacks, seven pass deflections, and a forced fumble as a rookie. That coupled with the injuries suffered so far in the preseason to rookie Major Wright and Josh Bullocks, one would think the Bears need extra depth at that position.
Shaw was in a tough battle with Brian Iwuh for the sixth and final linebacker position. Despite having recorded 30 special team tackles last season, Iwuh got the nod most likely based on experience, as Iwuh played four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars in their linebacker rotation.
Look for some of these players to clear waivers and be signed to the eight man practice squad. Woodny Turenne spend last season there and could be going back. If Barnes clears waivers, he could also land a spot as could linebacker Kevin Malast.
Afalava started over the allowed amount to be practice-squad eligible, and Shaw may get a shot with another team that is special teams starved.
The Bears should release a list of all the players let go before the end of today.
Players to keep your eyes on: WR Juaquin Iglesias, FB Eddie Williams, defensive linemen Jarron Gilbert and Henry Melton, offensive guard Johan Asiata, and either Caleb Hanie or Dan LeFevour at the quarterback position.
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