Chicago Bears Waive Tre McBride

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky /

The Chicago Bears released WR Tre McBride on Tuesday.

The Chicago Bears made a bit of a surprising move on Tuesday releasing wide receiver Tre McBride. The 24-year old receiver played in eight games for Chicago, starting three of those and totaling eight catches for 144 yards over those games. McBride’s best performance came against the New Orleans Saints where he had three grabs for 92 yards.

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McBride’s playing time has been inconsistent all season, but he seemingly had emerged as the Bears’ third-best receiving option at wide receiver behind Kendall Wright and Dontrelle Inman, so his release is a bit of a surprise. Being the Bears third-best pass catcher at WR might sound like the less smelly option of the garbage, but it’s still what the Bears have to work with.

The team has not announced a corresponding move, but one figures the Bears will be calling up a receiver from their practice squad, perhaps Tanner Gentry.

It’s no secret the Bears are going to majorly overhaul the wide receiver position next offseason. The Bears will have Cameron Meredith and Kevin White coming off IR (White enters the last year of his rookie deal so presumably he will have one more season in Chicago). They will also likely spend on a high-end WR and select one in the draft as well. If the Bears decide to keep Inman, perhaps they figured McBride didn’t fit into their future plans and want to see what some of their other young receivers can do.