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Bears announce roster moves

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The Bears signed guard Herman Johnson to the active roster and linebacker Marcus Buggs and receiver Jeff Moturi to the practice squad on Tuesday.

They waived defensive end Barry Turner and terminated the practice squad contracts of defensive end Ervin Baldwin, former Homewood-Flossmoor and Bowling Green receiver Freddie Barnes and tackle James Marten.

Johnson was a fifth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2009. The former LSU offensive lineman spent last season on the Cardinals active roster but was inactive for all 16 games. He had been on Arizona's practice squad during the first 13 weeks of this season.

Buggs was on the Bears' practice squad for the first six weeks of this season. Moturi was originally signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of UTEP earlier this year. He also spent time on the Colts' practice squad.

Turner made his debut in a loss to the Redskins earlier this season and had one tackle.

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I know I don't get to see practice but how they can get rid of Marten and keep Webb? I know we only saw Marten in preseason games. Webb is going to get Cutler killed against New England, you don't think BB is gaming planing for this. Pats are playing best football right now and it doesn't look good for bears. Neil can you tell us how much Johnson ways right now? I know his last season at LSU he was reported to be in the 380lb range.

The answer to Webb would not be Marten. It would be Shaffer, and if they had an ounce of sense, he would have been installed in the lineup already. I understand what they are trying to do, but simple stunts are continually beating Omiyale and Webb, and Cutler is lucky to be alive after 41 sacks so far.

I am ok with dumping Marten for now, and see if he is still around to come to camp next year as an extra body. Barnes is just another in a long line of receivers who have no business on an NFL roster, despite their college success. We usually keep one around 2 or 3 years too long on the practice squad.

I am more concerned about linebacker depth now than anything else. I am not happy with the idea of Iwuh and Wilson being our only healthy backups. Malast, Mayberry, Shaw, and Rivera were all decent, and could be on the roster to play special teams instead of bringing back a retread like Wilson. Urlacher is getting older, Hillenmeyer is probably going to retire from concussions, and Briggs is no spring chicken either. We had better start preparing for life after 54 and 55, and Iwuh and Wilson is not how you do that.

Chicago signing the 6-8 360lb G/T Herman Johnson tells you one thing, they want to get bigger up front. We know Johnson was a 5th round draft pick, and in his 2nd season wasn't quite ready for prime time being stuck on Arizona's practice squad. But, obviously Mike Tice sees something in Johnson, enough for Chicago to nab him from the Cards and put him on their 53-man roster.

This signing tells you something else, Chicago (Tice) isn't happy with his current interior linemen, meaning the depth, Edwin Williams and Lance Louis. I think Chris Williams will stick at left guard, Chicago now needs a right guard, Garza's getting a little long in the tooth. This is where Johnson might be in Chicago's plans, at right guard. Hopefully the guy can pan out, if so, he'll bring some much needed size and strength to Chicago's interior. Its probably gonna be a dog fight between Louis, E. Williams, and Johnson to stick this off-season as Chicago's next right guard. Chicago will also need a center going into the off-season. I'd like to see Chicago use a draft pick to land a replacement for Kreutz. The player I'd like to see Chicago draft is Penn State center Stefen Wisniewski, as of right now, Chicago could land him in the late 1st round where they'll probably be picking....hopefully! GO BEARS!!

I believe they put Johnson on the roster to get him exposed to Tice as soon as possible. If and that's just if he ever gets it and Webb gets it that could be on huge side of the line to run behind. The scouts are saying this is a down year for O-Line.

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