Alex Leatherwood deals with Chicago Bears
Even though Alex Leatherwood now finds himself with the Chicago Bears, one can only wonder what he thought of his departure from the Las Vegas Raiders. The organization that drafted him in the first round last season essentially gave up on him and fired him after just a year. In defense of the Raiders, this current mastermind is not the one who drafted him.
General manager Dave Ziegler, in his first offseason, has already proven that he owes nothing to previous selections. On the contrary, 2022 is a testing year for many key members. This is especially true for the slew of previous draft picks whose fifth-year options were declined. As for Leatherwood, it was speculated that he would have at least a year under new head coach Josh McDaniels to get things going after a tough rookie year. However, the coaching staff insisted on playing him at one point tackle. In hindsight, it clearly set back any progress he had made as a guard. The decision to not just stick it in and work with it there will always be a talking point. However, the team continued and cut Leatherwood, despite Ziegler’s attempts to arrange a trade.
Raiders News: Alex Leatherwood kept things professional
Now in the Windy City, Leatherwood was recently asked to comment on his disappointing run and exit from the Silver and Black. Much to the surprise of some, Leatherwood was all business and kept it simple.
“It’s a new opportunity. I feel like what they have here is awesome. I am delighted to be part of it.
Through the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Leatherwood made sure not to overshadow anyone in the Raiders organization, let alone his teammates or anyone else. His release was strictly a business decision. Also, by all accounts, McDaniels appreciated Leatherwood’s attempts to fit into his team. In the end, it just wasn’t enough for all parties involved. Like a member of the bears, Leatherwood has already made it a point to play wherever it needs to. Undoubtedly one of the biggest busts in Raiders history, one can only support Leatherwood and his attempts to launch his NFL career.
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