The Chicago Bears have announced the release of former second-round pick WR Mark Bradley today.
Bradley was injured in his first two years, from 2005-2006. He injured his knee, ankle, and ACL in the time span.
Last season Bradley played in 15 games, catching just six passes for 71 yards and one touchdown. He primarily played on the special teams.
I always thought Bradley had the big play ability, but I guess the Bears didn’t see that.
DT Tommie Harris, who is coming back from knee surgery, didn’t agree with his former teammate’s release.
“I don’t feel like he had a fair chance,” Harris said. “I feel like he just had his job taken from him. You know how it goes: He had a knee surgery, then he lost his job.”
Bradley knew his release was coming; he thought during the preseason that he would be waived. He was surprised he even made the 53-man roster.
Harris said he had a conversation with Bradley in the preseason, where Bradley indicated he asked the team for his release.
“Mark understood that this was going to happen from the beginning,” Harris said. “He asked for his release so he would have a fair chance to be on somebody else’s roster. But I guess they wanted to wait until week four for whatever reason.”
Bradley was inactive for the opening game against the Colts, and he played on special team against the Panthers and Buccaneers.
Bradley had 36 catches for 583 yards and four touchdowns in his three seasons with the Bears.
What’s Next for Bradley?
Harris believes Bradley’s future is bright.
“He’s a great receiver, he’ll get picked up by another team and do well,” Harris said.
Harris and Bradley were teammates at the University of Oklahoma and developed a good relationship in their time together in Chicago.
Lovie Smith said in the preseason that Bradley would have the No. 1 WR spot to start the season, but then Bradley had knee surgery and he lost his spot.
The Bears expected Bradley to take over for Muhsin Muhammad (released) and Bernard Berrian (signed with the Vikings).
Expect the Bears to promote WR Brandon Rideau from the practice squad if Devin Hester stays out of the lineup for a while.
So, Hamilton Played Against Us Four Days Ago and Now He Is on Our Team?
Yes, after spending his entire rookie season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad last year, Marcus Hamilton made his NFL debut Sunday against the Bears, recording one tackle and two pass breakups.
The seventh-round draft pick from Virginia forced the Bears to punt on their first two possessions of the second half by breaking up third-down passes intended for Brandon Lloyd and Marty Booker.
Hamilton was brought in to help a struggling secondary.
Did You Know?
Bradley’s release leaves quarterback Kyle Orton as the lone member left from the Bears’ 2005 draft class.
Bradley is also the second second-round pick Jerry Angelo has cut in the last month, following Dan Bazuin out the Halas Hall door.
Why Was Bradley Released?
Obviously Bradley couldn’t stay healthy and when he played he struggled to keep focus. Look for the Dolphins or Seahawks to pick him up.