3 former Bears players who failed with their new team in 2023

Chicago was wise to let these three guys walk.

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2. Trevis Gipson, EDGE, Tennessee Titans

Gipson's time with the Bears was disappointing. A 5th round pick in the 2020 Draft, there was a time when Gipson looked like a real steal – after a quiet rookie season, he burst onto the scene with a nine-start, seven-sack, five forced fumbles season in 2021.

And while he was still plenty raw – his PFF grades, outside of pass-rushing specifically, were still pretty bad – there was suddenly a ton of hope in Chicago that they had stumbled into their next great pass-rusher, someone that could soften the blow of losing Khalil Mack.

Then, in 2022, Gipson took a step back. While appearing in every game (and starting a career-high 10), he only had three sacks, didn't force a single fumble, and most of his tackling numbers regressed. It was enough to convince Poles and Eberflus that Gipson was no longer a part of the longterm plan, the the team waived him shortly after the 2022 season ended. Gipson ended up finding a home with the Titans, signing a one-year, $1.2 million deal shortly before the '23 season started.

Things weren't any better in Tennessee – he only appeared in eight games (no starts), putting up one sack, one forced fumble, and six tackles. He was a healthy scratch for nine games – EDGE was one of the Titans' deepest groups last year – but still, it was a rough look.