The fanbase has been screaming "wide receiver" for months. Now, with a little over a month to go before the 2009 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have raised more questions over the seemingly-forgotten state of the offensive line with this afternoon's release of left guard Terrence Metcalf.
Metcalf failed to impress during his most recent series of starts during the 2007 campaign, when he stepped in for the injured Ruben Brown. The former third-round pick was replaced late in the season by John St. Clair, who is still floating in the free-agent pool.
Certainly Olin Kreutz will anchor the center of the line in 2009, with last year's first round pick Chris Williams starting at left tackle and the serviceable Roberto Garza likely remaining at right guard.
Josh Beekman's performance at left guard last season was met with mixed reviews, and tackle John Tait has seen his last days with the team.
If signed to a new deal, John St. Clair has starting experience at both left guard and right tackle, two positions that the newly-acquired Frank Omiyale is also considered to be a candidate for.
What role the draft will have in rebuilding the line remains to be seen.
Certainly, the direction that the Bears choose to go in regards their receiving corps will shape up to be very interesting in the coming months, but don't count out the changes on the line in impacting the future of the offense.