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Wide receiver Rideau does not make the cut

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Wide receiver Brandon Rideau, who led the Bears and the entire league with three touchdown catches in preseason, has been informed he will be placed on waivers.

It's an indication the Bears will go with six wide receivers and that veterans Marty Booker and Mark Bradley are most likely safe. There's been no announcement on their status, but Bradley is a former second-round pick and coaches indicated Booker was safe even though he was difficult to find on the field in preseason.

Tight end Fontel Mines, who spent last season on the practice squad before a brief promotion to the 53-man roster at the end of the season, has also been told he will be placed on waivers.

That leaves six cuts unknown. Stay tuned.

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Why does Bradley keep making this team? Ever year we hope that *this* will finally be his break out year and every year is another disappointment. He is a former high round pick. Great. So was Bazuin and Okwo. Forget Bradley and let's get some new blood in here to see what they can do. We know what Bradley can do: nothing.

Maybe if Brandon Rideau was coached by Turner in college he would have made the team. When you have a set of receivers that are all 3s or 4s on another team, and a wild card in Hester, why not keep a guy like Rideau? I cannot wait to see Lloyd's alligator arms, Hester not knowing where to go, Booker running as fast as me, and Bradley gimping around. Maybe they will split out Olsen in non-nickle situations. Bears!

What?? Bradley and Booker should have been cut.

Can someone please tell Angelo to hire an offensive consultant? He's a great defensive GM, but doesn't know anything about offense. Drop your ego and cut Bradley! Keep Rideau.

I don't like this one, Rideau showed good hands and the ability to play special teams, he has size and does not seem to be afraid to go over the middle. I thought he had done enough to make the team.

what?! he was the only wide out that actually moved up the depth chart.

"Wide receiver Brandon Rideau, who led the Bears and the entire league with three touchdown catches in preseason, has been informed he will be placed on waivers."

Brad, I can only imagine how hard it must have been for you to write that and maintain your professionalism. If I was in your place, I don't think I would be able to hold back from using a wide assortment of vulgarities in describing the Bears' management.

Here we have a receiver who is 6'3" and outscored every other WR in the leaugue. Nahh, we don't want him. We have Booker and Bradley. Yippee!! Caleb Hanie? Nahh, we've got Grossman. Someone out there who at least looks like they can play lineman? Nahh, we've got Metcalf. Who by the way, not only sucks, but he's injured too.

I tellz ya, I cantz take no morze!

These names should be on the waive list: Angelo, Babich, Lovie. A freakin monkey can put together a better team, and hang on, coach players better too.

Rideau is now lost forever, to be picked up by another team and be a future star. He has the speed and size to be the next Plaxico Burress and now he is gone. There is no possible way another team will not claim him off of waivers. The Bears saw him develop into who he is now, a playmaker, over the last couple years, and now his hard work could be immediately available for another team to take advantage of. I hope he does get his break; he seems like a great, hardworking guy. It just won't be for the Bears... and this comes with no surprise. Politics has come ahead of performance. Angelo is unwilling to let his precious guys go and unwilling to admit that a guy that was on the practice squad is better than "his Marty" and his second rounder Bradley. Totally disgusting.

Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd should've been cut. Brandon Rideau is a great WR and he's probably the best wideout the Bears have. But Angelo is such a horrible offensive GM, that he waives him.

Rideau has what it takes to be an outstanding wideout. Unfortunately, he won't be playing for the Bears.

FIRE ANGELO!!!

They let Rideau go! That kind of talent put behind Booker and Bradley- one past his prime, the other never made his prime. They had a real steal and they let him go for hope and potential. Why can't Angelo let go of his "hopeful" players- potential does NOT win games. I am considering boycotting this season. I've had enough of the current administration burying a fine tradition that were the Bears. Good luck Angelo- you lost a 20+ year fan. Signing off....

What are the Bears doing with this team?????? Why would you get rid of a good man on and off the field. Rideau(StringBean) has the determination and he will end up on top. It's just sad its gonna be with another team. This was supposed to be his YEAR....he came back from his injury 110% ready to go out there and work hard. Too bad he kicked some major butt and is now gone. Why would you keep Booker(Grandpa) or Bradley(Never Was) and get rid of youth and determination. Me a 25 year old female could make a better team then these guys it's a shame they get the big $ to put a team of grandpa's together when anyone could do better for 1/8 of what they get. We love you string Bean and we hope to see you again!

Southside Al:
"Can someone please tell Angelo to hire an offensive consultant? He's a great defensive GM, but doesn't know anything about offense. Drop your ego and cut Bradley! Keep Rideau."

Just to name a few: Michael Okwo, Dan Bazuin, Michael Haynes, Leon Joe, Todd Johnson, Bobby Gray, Danieal Mannning, TRADING Chris Harris!?! ... Just an offensive consultant?

FIRE. JERRY. ANGELO.

Creighton\Da Church of Da Coach for GM in 2009!!!
Change you can believe in!!! :-)

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