Good news, yesterday the Chicago Bears sent an undisclosed 2009 draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for fourth-year guard Dan Buenning. The lineman had a stellar rookie season in 2005, blew out his ACL in 2006, and didn’t play in a game last year. Sounds like he wasn’t yet recovered and mirrors the situation in which the Bears lost tackle Marc Colombo, now a third-year starter for the Cowboys.
This is good news.
But what I can’t figure out is that the Bears cut rookie cornerback Zach Bowman to clear room for Buenning. Of course I wasn’t evaluating Bowman on every play in training camp and preseason games, but Bowman was touted by the Bears as possibly the steal of the 2008 draft in the fifth round. They stated that Bowman had all the tools to have been a first-round pick but for a knee injury in college. Now they deemed him the worst player to have made the 2008 roster, and he’s gone.
Am I missing something on Bowman? Did anyone else notice him looking terrible in the preseason? Hope the Bears don’t regret the move. Either that, or it was all smoke and PR mirrors after the draft.