The Bears claimed cornerback Marcus Hamilton off waivers from the Buccaneers and waived wide receiver Mark Bradley on Tuesday.
Hamilton, in his second season, made his NFL debut this week against the Bears after spending all of last year on Tampa Bay’s practice squad.
I received a text message from my brother about this move a few hours ago and obviously was not near a computer to blog about it. My first reaction when I read the message that Bradley was cut: defense.
Sure enough, his follow-up text message was that Hamilton was picked up, which doesn’t surprise me seeing as how the Bears’ defense has broken down in each of the past two games and Bradley hasn’t done anything this year — or either of the past two years, for that matter.
The Bears released veteran cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. at the end of the preseason because they felt his skills were on the decline and they felt strongly about Brandon McGowan and Danieal Manning. McGowan is now out for the season and Manning still hasn’t grasped the nickel back role, so the team will obviously take a look at Hamilton.
I think it’s a great move and the Bears have nothing to lose by making it.