Bears general manager Jerry Angelo indicated that timing was one of the reasons his team didn't claim Randy Moss off waivers today.
After the Minnesota Vikings waived him Tuesday, the 5-3 Tennessee Titans were the only NFL team to claim Moss, after 21 other teams -- including the Bears -- opted to pass on the receiver.
"We didn't think he was a good fit for us given where we are in the season," Angelo told the team's website. "Not to minimize that he is a very talented player -- his credentials speak for themselves -- but what we're trying to do and will continue to do is develop our players that we have and continue to show the belief we have in them.
"Don't minimize what a player has to do coming in at midseason to create a niche to help a team. How many players have come in at midseason and made a major contribution? Nothing is as easy as it looks," he said. "Just ask Minnesota."
Angelo added that there are reasons players are let go by their respective clubs.
"I don't want to get into those specifically, those have to be weighed," he said. "The player's salary also has to be weighed, as well as the plan for the player. All these things are very important when you're making a decision about whether to bring a player in, irrelevant of whether it's a big-name player or not. Again, there are very few players that go to a team at this juncture of the season and make an immediate impact.
"We're not baseball."