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Bears make 17 cuts, including Webb

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The Chicago Bears cut 17 players from their roster Friday, including offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb and quarterbacks Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards.

Webb was waived while Palmer and Edwards were vested veterans who had their contracts terminated.

The Bears waived 14 players and terminated the contracts of three vested veterans.

Webb started for much of his first three seasons in the NFL since the Bears drafted him in the seventh round in 2010.

"Good bye, Chicago! I gave you 3 years of me," Webb wrote.

After starting at right tackle the last 12 games of the 2010 season, he was moved to left tackle the next year and made 32 straight starts protecting quarterback Jay Cutler's blindside.

However, he has had his ups and downs at left tackle, especially in 2012. One incident involved Cutler bumping into Webb while walking off the field after Webb missed a blocking assignment.

Webb was moved back to the right side this year after the team signed Jermon Bushrod to a five-year deal. Webb eventually fell to the second team in favor of rookie fifth-round draft choice Jordan Mills.

He was slated to make $630,000 after agreeing to have his pay cut when he lost his starting job. His departure could pave the way for tackle Jonathan Scott to make the roster. However, Scott has missed much of the preseason with a knee injury. Guard James Brown and guard/tackle Eben Britton could also earn backup spots.

Palmer was 11-of-17 passing for 111 yards with a touchdown in Thursday's 18-16 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 116 yards with a TD in two preseason games overall.

"I really appreciate all the kind words from the #Bears fans but I'm headed home today," Palmer wrote on Twitter. "Crazy biz but appreciative."

Palmer was a sixth round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 2007. He played three games with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008 and one in 2010, completing 10 of 15 passes for 49 yards with two interceptions. He was with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season but did not appear in a game.

Palmer is the brother of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.

Edwards, a former third round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2007 out of Stanford, also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles before coming to Chicago in the offseason. He has passed for 6,033 yards with 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in his career.

The Bears also terminated the contract of guard Edwin Williams, a vested veteran. In addition to Webb, they waived running back Armando Allen, guard Derek Dennis, linebacker Jerry Franklin, wide receiver Brittan Golden, long snapper Brandon Hartson, cornerback Demontre Hurst, wide receiver Josh Lenz, safety Tom Nelson, tight end Fendi Onobun, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, fullback Harvey Unga, defensive end Aston Whiteside, defensive end Josh Williams.

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