I'm sorry to be the one to break it to you, but wide receiver Brittan Golden has been cut from the Chicago Bears' final 53-man roster. I'll give you a few moments to compose yourselves before I continue on...
Still need a minute?
Now that you've been given the proper time to mourn Golden's cutting, I'll move on to other parts of the Bears' final set of roster cuts. I'm sure Golden is a fine football player, even if not NFL-caliber. I basically looked at the list of cuts, found someone who I was entirely unaware of, and decided to lament his departure.
While Brittan Golden's cutting might not be shocking or even noticeable --I would argue it would have gone unnoticed to most had I not haphazardly pulled him from the list-- there were a few players the Bears ultimately decided to cut that were a little bit of a surprise, or just an unfortunate reality of circumstance. One of the hotly contested position battles has been that of the third-string running back --Armando Allen and Lorenzo Booker. Both continued performing well all the way through the preseason but the Bears decided on Booker --I guess for his versatility. He succeeded on special teams as well as in the return game. If all goes according to plan, he'll barely ever touch the ball on offense.
It was also slightly disappointing to see Rashied Davis get the cut. For the first time in the history of the world, the Chicago Bears just have too many qualified receivers to keep everyone on board. I still can't fully believe it, but it's true.
Cornerback Jonathon Wilhite also got the 'ol heave-ho. While I haven't seen him directly enough to be surprised by the cut, he has been referred to as a player the Bears brought in to shore up the secondary's depth. With him being referred to in that context all offseason, it's slightly jarring to see his name show up on the block --especially given that cornerback depth is still somewhat of an issue.
Lastly, the Bears chose to go with only two quarterbacks --Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell. While at first this surprised me, I guess the Bears figure that if they get to the point when neither Cutler nor Campbell can compete, their season is pretty much down the tubes anyhow and why waste the roster spot.
Overall, I still really like where the Bears are heading into the season. I like even more that the preseason is over.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed the NFL throughout.