The Chicago Bears have announced that tight end Adam Shaheen and defensive back Sherrick McManis have been placed on injured reserve, and in the corresponding moves, offensive lineman Corey Levin and tight end Eric Saubert have been signed to their 53-man roster.
Shaheen has been dealing with a foot injury for a few weeks now while McManis suffered a groin injury last Sunday against the Giants.
Levin was signed off the Denver Broncos practice squad and you can get more on that transaction here, while Saubert was signed away from the Oakland Raiders practice squad.
The 25-year old Saubert was originally a fifth-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he played there until he was traded to the New England Patriots this offseason. The Pats released him during their final roster cuts and he landed on Oakland’s practice squad where’s he’s been ever since.
During his time in Atlanta he played in 30 games, mostly as a special teamer, but he did makes 5 catches for 48 yards in 2018. The 6’5”, 253 pounder ran a 4.69 forty at the NFL Combine after a stellar career at Drake and after playing his high school ball at Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Shaheen’s disappointing 2019 season ends after only 9 catches for 73 yards in eight games. He has one year remaining on his rookie contract and releasing him this offseason would save the Bears about $1.2 million.
McManis, who has been an outstanding special teamer during his time in Chicago, is a free agent after this season.
It’s possible we’ve seen the last of both veterans in a Bears uniform.
What are your thoughts on these transactions?