- Apr 11, 2022
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The Chicago Bears claimed offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood off waivers Wednesday. There wasn't any competition for Leatherwood.
It's a low cost risk... and if they move him to Guard and he wrecks shit, no one here will care and will Hail him and Jenkins as the Future Guards for the next 10 years... if not, he'll be cut next year... most likely.
They took on a guaranteed contract. They pay him if cut but it's not something unaffordable. Guaranteed low backup money.Low risk move. From what I understand, the Bears only pay him as long as he is on the roster. If they cut him later, there won’t be any dead cap. I suspect the plan is to let him sit for the season, try to erase everything he has learned up to this point, and let him compete for a spot next year. If he gets on the field this year, it will be because of a litany of injuries.
I don't really get it. Instead, it points out just how substandard our line is/was. A mid first round pick released after one year is going to be a big name. Not necessarily a big time player. The only way I see this working is if Leatherwood slides to left guard as an eventual replacement for Whitehair. Yes, I know the Raiders slotted him in on the right side - how did that work out?