Matt Barkley to Bears practice squad, Logan Paulsen to active roster


The Bears kept Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer on their 53-man roster Saturday and Sunday brought a third quarterback to the practice squad.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Matt Barkley has joined the club and Barkley’s Twitter bio has been updated to show Chicago as the home of his new team. Barkley, a 2013 fourth-round pick, was waived by the Cardinals on Saturday, nearly a year to the day after they sent a seventh-round pick to the Eagles for his rights.

The Bears also made three moves on their active roster. According to multiple reports, they have signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen a day after he was released by the Redskins. Paulsen played 75 games for Washington over the last five seasons and caught 79 passes for 801 yards and six touchdowns.

Center Eric Kush and cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc were claimed off waivers. Kush played seven games for the Rams last season, but couldn’t find a spot on this year’s roster. The Bears lost projected starter Hroniss Grasu for the season this summer.

LeBlanc signed with the Patriots as an undrafted rookie and had an athletic interception in their first preseason game before getting squeezed out on Saturday. Kyle Fuller, Tracy Porter and Bryce Callahan have all dealt with injuries this summer.

The Bears waived defensive back Demontre Hurst, tight end Khari Lee and center Cornelius Edison to make room for the new players on the active roster.

15 responses to “Matt Barkley to Bears practice squad, Logan Paulsen to active roster

  1. I’m not sure Matt Barkley is any more viable as an NFL QB than David Fales, but apparently this Bears staff felt they had gone as far with Fales as they could go.

    The Rams C is an interesting signing and acknowledges that with Grasu done for the year the Bears were going to be in some real trouble at that position. The CB was likely headed for the Pats practice squad so he must have really impressed in those joint practices for the Bears to boot one of their own in his favor.

    Right now though all Bears’ fans eyes are on the Josh Sitton situation. Landing him would trump all these other bottom of the roster moves Pace is making.

  2. Barkley steadily improved during the preseason, and played all of game 4 and looked pretty solid, albeit against scrubs. Not a bad pickup by the Bears IMHO.

  3. Remember back when everyone said he would have gone to Cleveland in the 1st round back in 2012 if he had come out for the draft?

    If they could have drafted him, it would have prevented them from drafting two other qb busts probably.

  4. gfcf42489 says:
    Sep 4, 2016 6:58 PM
    Um, Barkley was drafted in 2013.

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    You take all the time you need buddy.

  5. A QB who went 9-7 (including playoffs) with 28 total TDs in those starts is out of the league. Meanwhile, Matt Barkley’s career rolls on. Something wrong about that.

  6. This is actually a very good pickup for the Bears. I see all upside to Barkley, and while not a Bears fan by any stretch, I tuned in for the 3rd preseason game and saw a team with ZERO fire in the offense, due to Cutler…seems like his team mates don’t even like him. So back to Barkley…he could be your Brady-in-for-Bledsoe…and we know what happened after that.

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