The unraveling of J’Marcus Webb in Chicago finished Friday morning as the veteran of 44 consecutive starts was waived by the Bears along with fill-in quarterback Jordan Palmer and 2012 third-round pick safety Brandon Hardin.
Webb, a seventh-round pick in the 2010 draft, at one time was on track to be one of the few offensive-line finds of the Jerry Angelo era. He was thrown in at right tackle early in 2010 after injuries on the line and moved to left tackle the following year and for 2012.
His play was generally on the rise after early struggles. Ironically perhaps, Webb graded out as the Bears’ best offensive lineman, tied with guard Lance Louis, who was recently released by the Miami Dolphins.
Webb was moved to right tackle this offseason after the signing of left tackle Jermon Bushrod and was expected to anchor the right side. But his play started sliding early, and he was eventually shunted aside in favor of rookie fifth-rounder Jordan Mills.
Palmer acquitted himself very well in Thursday’s Cleveland game, with 11-for-17 passing for 111 yards and a touchdown to wide receiver Joe Anderson.
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But with Josh McCown in place as the No. 2 and other roster positions to fortify because of injuries, the Bears could afford to return Palmer to the available-player pool, with the ability to be recalled in an emergency, just as McCown was last season when Jay Cutler suffered a concussion.
Hardin faced an uphill struggle at safety, being out of the game for most of the last two seasons as well as trying to make a change from college cornerback to NFL safety. He played most of the Cleveland game but had several poor plays that eliminated any chance of the 2012 third-rounder sticking this season.
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