NFC North: Will Ta\'ufo\'ou
Surprise move: The Bears have now bid farewell to three locker room stalwarts: Center Olin Kreutz, receiver Rashied Davis and now tight end Desmond Clark. The Bears released Clark as part of Saturday's roster cutdown, deciding to keep undrafted rookie Kyle Adams instead. Clark said via Twitter that "I played my butt off but sometimes it's more about the business." The Bears indicated that he was released with an injury. Regardless, intentionally or otherwise, the Bears have at least temporarily created a player leadership void.
No-brainers: After last week's communication fiasco, there was little doubt that running back Chester Taylor would be part of this cutdown. The Bears need only two tailbacks behind starter Matt Forte, and those roles will be filled by Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell. They also kept fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou. I don't know if the Bears entered training camp planning to keep undrafted rookie receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, but his quick ascension as a slot receiver was obvious by the midpoint of the preseason. Quarterback Jay Cutler loves throwing to him.
What's next: The Bears' depth at linebacker is a little scary. They kept only five at the position, with Brian Iwuh and undrafted rookie Dom DeCicco as the reserves behind Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach. You would think the Bears would at least scan the waiver wire for additional depth, especially with Briggs nursing a knee injury. And with Barber and Bell having suffered preseason injuries, the Bears might check out emergency running back depth as well.
Chicago Bears: Three players already were waived Monday, which brought the Bears' roster to 76. The final move was waiving injured fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou.
Detroit Lions: General manager Martin Mayhew made another of his patented something-for-nothing moves, trading offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus to the Seattle Seahawks for [*update] an undisclosed 2012 draft pick. The Lions had claimed Polumbus on waivers only last week, but the Seahawks had also placed a claim on him. Cornerback Jack Williams (knee) moved to the reserve/physically unable to perform list. *Update: Those moves got the Lions to 75 players.
Green Bay Packers: Cornerback Al Harris (knee) was moved to the reserve/PUP list, according to USA Today, meaning he isn't eligible to play until Week 7 at the earliest. As we noted earlier Tuesday, the Packers' secondary is in a bit of a crunch. *Update: Joining Harris on the PUP is safety Atari Bigby (ankle) and running back James Starks (hamstring). Running back Quinn Porter was put on season-ending injured reserve.
Minnesota Vikings: Waived were linebacker J Leman, receiver Marko Mitchell and offensive lineman Bill Noethlich. As expected, the Vikings moved receiver Sidney Rice to the reserve/PUP list. Same rules apply: Rice won't count against the Vikings' roster total but will be ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the season.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Chicago kicked off Sunday’s roster moves by announcing seven members of their eight-man practice squad, including quarterback Brett Basanez.
In addition to Basanez, the list includes:
Many of you are asking about the college free agent signing period, which began immediately after the draft ended Sunday night. Sometimes these players get more money and have a better chance to make the team than low-round draft picks.
Chicago and Minnesota have made formal announcements, while reports of Detroit and Green Bay are trickling in from local media outlets. Keep in mind that teams add and subtract from these lists regularly as training camp approaches. Also, note that some of the links take you to players who have been invited to rookie mini-camp this weekend on a tryout basis.
Here's a quick look with links if you're interested in all the gory details:
Total known signed undrafted players: 9 (Courtesy Chicago Bears)
Highlight: Cal fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou. A powerful blocker at 5-11 and 253 pounds, Ta'ufo'ou has a chance to stick.
Total known signed undrafted players: 4 (Courtesy the Oakland Press)
Highlight: Wake Forest receiver D.J. Boldin. He's the brother of Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Total known signed undrafted players: 10 (Courtesy the Green Bay Press-Gazette)MINNEOSTA VIKINGS
Highlight: The group includes five receivers, temporarily giving the Packers 13 receivers on their roster.
Total known signed undrafted players: 14 (Courtesy Minnesota Vikings)
Highlight: Boise State running back Ian Johnson, who proposed to his girlfriend immediately after the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.