Bears Release Former 1st Round Pick Lineman And Veteran QB P.J. Walker


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The Chicago Bears started making moves ahead of the roster cut-downs for the 2023 season.

The team has parted ways with former first-round pick Alex Leatherwood and veteran quarterback PJ Walker.

The Bears’ decision to release Alex Leatherwood came after the offensive lineman’s stint with the Las Vegas Raiders. Selected 17th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, Leatherwood started all 17 games in his rookie season before being waived by the Raiders last August.

The Bears swiftly claimed him, and he made appearances in four games during the previous season. Although his playing time was limited, he contributed on both offense and special teams.

PJ Walker, who had signed with the Bears earlier in the off-season, faced a similar fate. Walker arrived in Chicago after spending three seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2020-2022).

During his time with the Panthers, he passed for for 1,461 yards. Despite tallying five touchdowns, Walker also struggled with interceptions, throwing 11 over his tenure.

With Walker’s departure, the Bears backup quarterback behind starter Justin Fields, are currently Tyson Bagnet and Nathan Peterman.

In addition to the release of Leatherwood and Walker, the Bears also waived/injured offensive guard Gabe Houy.