The Chicago Bears have waived DL Ego Ferguson.
Ferguson, a former second round pick in 2015, appeared in 20 games in his three seasons with the Bears. The LSU alum totalled 36 tackles and two sacks while in Chicago.
It was not that big a surprise the Bears moved on from Ferguson. His lack of availability led to this release. Ferguson had a solid rookie season but it was a downfall after that. He would only appear in four games in 2015. And last season, Ferguson missed the entire season with a shoulder injury.
The Bears offseason roster now stands at 77. With the NFL draft coming in 27 days and planning to sign undrafted free agents, the Bears could be making more cuts especially with the offseason program starting on April 18th.
Ferguson joins QB David Fales and S Brock Vereen as the three departures of the 2014 draft class.
The Bears want to get younger and have players that are available. In the NFL, its availability over talent especially for a team trying to win more than three games next season.
Other players that are on the cut watchlist are Kyle Fuller, Eddie Royal, and Lamarr Houston. Availability continues to be the point of emphasis, especially with Houston. While he’s been stricken with two torn ACL’s, the Bears need to move on. Fuller, who missed all of last season, could be cut with the addition of Marcus Copper and Prince Amukamara. But in his end of year press conference, GM Ryan Pace talked about Fuller and expressed his liking for the former first round pick. Also, Fuller will be moved to safety when the Bears start the offseason program. If all works out, he could be kept on the roster at the same position. Lastly, Royal is panning out to be cut pending he can pass a physical. With his release, the Bears will have $5 more million in cap space. While healthy, he is productive but the additions of Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton are pushing the 30 year-old out the door.