Bears jettison another member of the 05 draft class

September, 23, 2008
9/23/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Interesting move today in Bearsland. Chicago released receiver Mark Bradley, a former second-round draft pick who at one point seemed to have the inside track on a starting position, and claimed cornerback Marcus Hamilton on waivers from Tampa Bay.

Hamilton made his NFL debut against the Bears last Sunday at Soldier Field, finishing with two defensed passes. The Buccaneers waived him Monday, probably hoping they could sneak him onto their practice squad.

Bradley's career was never the same after he tore an ACL during his rookie year in 2005. Some hoped he could replace Bernard Berrian in the starting lineup this season, but he had a quiet training camp and was only on the field for one snap in three games, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' weekly playing time analysis.

Quarterback Kyle Orton is now the only remaining member of the Bears' 2005 draft class. Running back Cedric Benson was their top pick, and Bradley was second.

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