Chicago Bears: 9 Players to cut from the roster before camp

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These five players have little to no chance at making the Chicago Bears roster

Adam Shaheen, TE

Yes, I am putting Adam Shaheen on this list before guys like Eric Saubert and Darion Clark. The team is going to need to save as much money as it can come 2021 with reports coming out that the salary cap could drop to as low as $175 million. Shaheen could save them nearly $1 million in 2020 that can carry over to 2021. Shaheen should have been cut before Braunecker.

To put that into perspective, the team is already on the books for $190 million for 2021 and that does not include an Allen Robinson or Tarik Cohen extension. It also includes a Nick Foles contract at $9.3 million dollars per season and Trubisky off the books. The team will have cuts available but the team will be in a tough spot should it drop that much next year.

Shaheen is a bust. That is what he is and never should have been drafted in the second round. This is a big blemish on Ryan Pace’s resume.

Ahmad Wagner, WR and Thomas Ives, WR

The Chicago Bears have plenty of wide receivers on the roster. Some will be familiar with Thomas Ives as he was on the roster in 2019 as an undrafted free agent. He never saw a snap though and is already expendable at this point in the offseason.

Ahmad Wagner is another receiver who can see his way out the door. Wagner is a 2020 undrafted free agent out of Kentucky. He only saw 15 catches over eight games for 254 yards and two touchdowns. He has no shot of making the final roster and is one of the lowest receivers on the expected depth chart.

Badara Traore, OT and Dieter Eiselen, OL

Both of these offensive linemen can see the door now too. Badara Traore and Dieter Eiselen are both 2020 undrafted free agents. Eiselen is coming out of Yale where he saw 34 starts over four years. He is 6’4″ and 310 pounds. Unfortunately, he has no shot at making the final roster and can be released now.

Badara Traore is more interesting. Traore played at LSU and saw some serious competition. He was part of an offensive line that helped produce a Heisman Award winner and a National Championship. He stands 6’7″ and 320 pounds. He was a guy I was hoping would make the practice squad and possibly stick around, but there just is not any room right now.