As previously noted, Friday marks the start of a five-day whirlwind of player movement through the NFC North and the entire league. Teams have already started trimming their rosters in anticipation of Saturday's 6 p.m. ET deadline, and they will continue making adjustments via trades, waiver-wire claims and free-agent signings up until they resume practicing in earnest next week. (For most teams, that day is Wednesday.)
I'll do my best to collect the names that trickle out before Saturday's official announcement and update them in this post. From an NFC North perspective, it appears the Bears are the only team that has gotten a head start.
The Bears will release safety Al Afalava, cornerback Cornelius Brown and linebacker Kelvin Smith, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. Afalava started 13 games as a rookie last season, but was buried after a renovation of the position. *Update: Tight end Richard Angulo will also be released.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune reports the Bears will also release linebackers Tim Shaw and Kevin Malast. Receiver Freddie Barnes, cornerback Woodney Turenne, safety Quentin Scott and center Tim Walter will be released as well, according to the Tribune.