In a move that will surprise a few Chicago Bears’ fans, it was reported that the team is waiving quarterback Connor Shaw to make room for the newly signed Victor Cruz.
Cruz agreed in principle to a one year, $2 million contract last week, and that will become official once he signs on the dotted line. To make room for the 30-year-old Cruz, the Bears had to lop a player of off their 90 man roster, and a fourth quarterback made sense to part ways with.
With their big ticket, free agent pickup Mike Glennon, rookie first-round draft pick Mitchell Trubisky, and veteran free agent Mark Sanchez all in need of reps to prepare for the 2017 season, releasing Shaw was a logical decision. Shaw missed all of last year with a broken leg, but before that he impressed in the preseason by completing 11 of 16 passes for 127 yards, with two touchdowns. He also added six runs for 42 yards.
Cutting Shaw now will give the 25-year old time to catch on with another team in their offseason program.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Shaw was in fact not waived because of a knee injury suffered by Mark Sanchez during Tuesday’s practice. Sanchez will miss the rest of the offseason program but the injury is believed to not be serious and will have him return by the time camp rolls around.
Evidently enough, the injury was still incentive for the Bears to keep Shaw around and in turn cut undrafted wide receiver Jhajuan Seales.
In what seems like more than ever, it’s a fluid and consistently churning quarterback room at Halas Hall.