Kirk Barton will not be returning to the Bears.
The rookie seventh-round pick, who was waived Wednesday to make room for veteran Fred Miller, was claimed off waivers this afternoon by the Miami Dolphins. He will join the Dolphins' 53-man roster.
Barton, a four-year starter at Ohio State, was the No. 3 tackle almost from the start of training camp with top pick Chris Williams being injured, and he played extensively in preseason giving the Dolphins and every other team plenty of tape to scout.
The Bears liked him as a project down the road but felt it was important to add Miller, a veteran who knows the offense. They chose not to have 10 offensive linemen and instead kept six wide receivers.