Chicago Bears: 4 players who should be cut before taking a snap

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Adam Shaheen, TE – Chicago Bears

This should come to no one’s surprise that Adam Shaheen makes the list. Shaheen is due too much money to remain on the roster, yet here he still is today. Since Shaheen was drafted in the second round, his 2020 salary is nearly $2 million dollars. Imagine giving Shaheen yet another chance this season. He is essentially a bust and one of Ryan Pace’s worst decisions.

Pace doubled-down on the second-round tight ends this season when he selected Cole Kmet. The jury is still out on Kmet obviously, but let me tell you one thing I know for sure. Kmet will not be a draft bust in the same way that Shaheen wound up being. Kmet has all the tools and was the top tight end prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. Although I was not a fan of taking a tight end with the 43rd overall pick, the move makes some sense based on how Matt Nagy values tight ends.

With Jimmy Graham and Kmet locked into as guaranteed players to make the final roster, why even hold onto Shaheen at this point? Looking at the roster, he is not going to be one of the top four tight ends left to make the team. With a lack of traditional offseason, reps are going to be important. The Chicago Bears should not waste any on a tight end who has averaged less than 100 yards a season and just more than one touchdown each year of his career. Time to move on.