If general manager Phil Emery (and former offensive coordinator/line coach Mike Tice) can be faulted for poor personnel evaluations on the 2012 Bears offensive line — Emery passed on drafting for the line in part because of having “two good young tackles” — then Emery also can be credited with fixing the situation.
In the wake of cuts, offseason signings and the draft, center Roberto Garza is now the only offensive lineman on the Day 1 Bears roster from 2012 who is still on the current roster.
It gets worse.
None of the four Opening Day starters who are now ex-Bears — Gabe Carimi, Lance Louis, Chris Spencer, J’Marcus Webb — are starting elsewhere in the NFL.
Only two are even currently on rosters. Carimi is a second-string right tackle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Spencer is the No. 2 left guard with the Tennessee Titans.
[RELATED: Bears' 'gamble' on Brandon Hardin a good one]
Louis, Webb and Edwin Williams were cut this week — Louis by the Miami Dolphins, Webb and Williams by the Bears.
Guard Chilo Rachal was released on Friday by the Arizona Cardinals.