Bears Claim Of Sterling Weatherford Reportedly Upset The Colts

General Motors Ryan Poles sent a message on Wednesday. The Chicago Bears typically do not ask for more than two players to receive waivers during the final cut. That tradition was upended when they got six new faces. Most of the buzz revolves around former first-round offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood and veteran defensive tackle Amon Watts. However, there is also an undercurrent of claims they were stolen again at Sterling Weatherford.

The rookie was teammates with Bears 5th-round pick Dominic Robinson in Miami, Ohio. In four seasons (36 games) as a safety, he completed 209 tackles, 10.5 failed tackles, 3 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 forced turnovers, and 19 defensive passes. Weatherford is known as a vocal leader, smart, tough and reliable tackler. There are no obvious holes in his game. Experts rate him as a possible fourth-round pick. So surprisingly he lost. Part of the stipulation of his arrival in Indianapolis with the Colts was to switch to linebacker.

It didn’t seem to bother him. He was second in the league in tackles during the preseason with 18 and added one. It was surprising when the Colts waived him, but apparently, they felt he would end up on their practice team. Chicago quickly destroyed that illusion. GM Chris Ballard wasn’t happy about that.

If Ballard is angry, Sterling Weatherford must be fine.

Many consider the Colts general manager to be one of the best talent assessors in the entire NFL. It’s notable when he likes someone. Poles should know. He worked with Ballard for many years in Kansas City. His recognition that his friends and colleagues may have made a mistake speaks volumes about his eye for talent. Either way, the rookie isn’t in a better position.

Matt Eberflus is a linebacker specialist. He knows the position better than most. Assistant coach Dave Borgonzi helped develop All-Pro Shaquille Leonard in Indianapolis. If Sterling Weatherford has anything to offer, the Bears will find it. He has a size of 6’3 and a speed of 4.60. At the very least, he has the backing to be a good backup and special team. If he accepts coaches well, he can get better.

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