Bears General Manager Phil Emery had a big hit with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in the second round of the 2012 draft, which is a good thing because the Bears don’t have much else to show from that draft class.
First-round pick Shea McClellin will try to change that with a move to linebacker this season, but he’s the only player other than Jeffery left on the team after they cut cornerback Isaiah Frey on Tuesday. Frey played a lot as a slot corner last season, but the addition of Kyle Fuller in the first round this year and the return to health of other veteran corners made Frey expendable this summer.
Frey, a sixth-round pick, joins third-round safety Brandon Hardin, fourth-round tight end Evan Rodriguez and seventh-round defensive back Greg McCoy as former members of the Bears.
The Bears also parted ways with offensive lineman James Brown, who played five games and started three times after making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012. That leaves them at the league-mandated 75 players before Tuesday afternoon’s deadline.