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Bears Claim Recent First-Round Bust Off Waivers

Tyler Maher
The Chicago Bears have claimed former first-round pick Alex Leatherwood off waivers from the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Chicago Bears have claimed former first-round pick Alex Leatherwood off waivers from the Las Vegas Raiders. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood didn't work out with the Las Vegas Raiders, but he's getting another chance with the Chicago Bears.

The Bears claimed Leatherwood off waivers on Wednesday after the Raiders waived him ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline.

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Leatherwood, 23, was a first-round draft pick by Las Vegas in the 2021 NFL Draft. After an underwhelming rookie season in which he contributed to the team's offensive line woes, the Raiders unsuccessfully tried to trade him to every team in the league.

Embarrassingly, every single team said no.

The Bears were apparently interested in the young tackle, however, based on their waiver claim. They hope a change of scenery can help him live up to the promise that made him a first-round pick in the first place.

In Leatherwood's defense, the Raiders were a mess last year (especially on the coaching side), which would have been a tough environment for any rookie to step into. Perhaps in a more stable atmosphere, he'll be able to focus better and work on improving his game.

Chicago has a young quarterback in Justin Fields, so protecting him will be crucial for his development as well as the future of the franchise. The Bears can only hope that Leatherwood is up to the challenge.

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