Despite having a new front office and new coaching staff, very few players that were actually under contract have been sent packing by the Bears new administration.   Brandon Marshall and Roberto Garza are the only players that come to mind.    Well today that changed.

Today the Bears traded guard Ryan Groy to the New England Patriots for linebacker Matthew Wells, a rookie 6th round pick out of Mississippi State.   The Bears previous regime felt enough of Groy to have him start 3 games last year and appear in four near the end of the year last year.  John Fox and Ryan Pace felt enough of Groy to send him packing before the first preseason game.  I personally do not expect Wells to make the team with Chicago, as nearly every big ticket player the Bears have signed the last few years, are now linebackers because of the new 3-4 defense Vic Fangio is installing.  Lamar Houston, Jared Allen, Willie Young are now all linebackers.   Jon Bostic, Mason Foster, Shea McClellin, Christian Jones, David Bass, and even Sam Acho figure to make the team.   The Bears with this move seem to be insulating themselves for the preseason for injury at the position as the preseason can lead to pointless injuries, as the Pittsburgh Steelers found out last night with Shaun Suisham.

The Patriots meanwhile get a player with some starting experience as they currently have Caylin Hauptmann and Ryan Wendell out with injuries.


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