The Bears missed out today when they put in a waiver claim for defensive end Turk McBride, a former second-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs.
McBride, who didn't fit the Chiefs' new 3-4 scheme, was cut loose and the Bears turned out to be one of three teams that placed a claim for him. He was awarded to the Detroit Lions, who are first in the waiver system by virtue of their 0-16 season last year. The waiver system will be based on current standings after Week 3. The Bears wouldn't have gotten McBride had Detroit not been involved, any way, as the Jacksonville Jaguars also put in a claim for him, and were ahead of the Bears.
McBride was a left end in Kansas City last season, and is a natural fit for the Lions and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who was with the Chiefs last season. He may get thrown into action quickly with Cliff Avril a little banged up. The Bears would have had to waive a player to make room for McBride.