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Bears trim to 81, cutting Nate Collins

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With the third preseason game in the books, the Bears have bounced nine players from the roster.

As expected, veteran safety Adrian Wilson has been cut.  Veteran defensive tackle Nate Collins and offensive lineman Dylan Gandy also were released.  Placed on waivers were running back Michael Ford, receiver Greg Herd, receiver Kofi Hughes, tackle Joe Long, cornerback Derricus Purdy, and cornerback Peyton Thompson.

Collins appeared in 14 games with two starts since 2012.  He tore an ACL last October.  With veteran Jeremiah Ratliff and rookies Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton in the fold, Collins was expendable. Ford appeared in 12 games last season after earning a roster spot via the undrafted free agency route.  As pointed out by Larry Mayer of the team’s official website, coach Marc Trestman said last week that Ford had slipped behind Shaun Draughn and rookie Ka’Deem Carey.

With the roster now at 81, the Bears must make six more moves before 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, when all teams must be at 75 players on the roster.  By Saturday, the rosters will move to 53.

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9 Responses to “Bears trim to 81, cutting Nate Collins”
  1. LilTmac2003 says: Aug 24, 2014 2:10 PM

    Adrian Wilson was either going to win a starting position or be cut. We didn’t sign him for depth.

    I will admit though, was kinda surprised at the Nate Collins release. He started for Henry Melton last year when Melton tore his ACL.

    He was super solid. Wish him the best.

  2. respectgsh says: Aug 24, 2014 3:16 PM

    I can’t help thinking that there are not 53 guys that are better than Nate Collins in that locker room. I think they should have kept him, especially considering what happened last year. Nate Collins is a good NFL DT. Some team will be smart and sign him. I just hope it isn’t a team in the NFC North.

  3. rextraordinaire says: Aug 24, 2014 3:33 PM

    Well, Vikings, here you go. We all know how you like to sign discards from the other NFC teams. Don’t even try to hide it.

  4. golfadx18blog says: Aug 24, 2014 3:57 PM

    Nate Collins, Although not a world beater, he was definitely, one of the Bears 4 best DT’s. Classic numbers game and he was an Angelo draft choice so Emery/Trest want to give their draft choices a shot. Nate will end up in Dallas or Tampa where they are familiar with his skill set.

  5. rfgatwordpress says: Aug 24, 2014 5:13 PM

    They trim Tucker yet?

  6. robertblac2280 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:02 AM

    Chris Conte!! Am I the only one that sees he’s not getting any better. Release him

  7. coopatroop2 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:19 AM

    i agree cut conte. been saying it for 3 years.

  8. larryboodry says: Aug 25, 2014 1:17 PM

    They shoulda cut Mel Tucker and let Adrian Wilson run the defense. He couldn’t do any worse.

  9. bullitts says: Aug 26, 2014 5:59 AM

    With our luck, Nate Collins signs with Green Bay… Didn’t Raji get hurt for the season?

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