“Can I interest you in a slightly used, oft-injured but low mileage, former second round draft pick that still has some upside in his 6’6”, 257 pound frame?” ~ Ryan Pace, probably
A recent tweet from The Athletic’s Michael Lombardi suggests that the Chicago Bears have tight end Adam Shaheen on the trade block. His spot on the 2020 roster was always going to be up in the air, but with this recent report (if true) it makes it a near certainty that he’s played his last football in Chicago.
“Adam has Y size, but he can really play some move-tight end for you too.” ~ Probably Pace
During his three years in Chicago he has appeared in 27 games with 13 starts, and he has 26 receptions for 249 yards, and 4 touchdowns, all while being a willing but below average run blocker.
“No, no, no, we still like Adam, but with Jimmy Graham in here now to man the U, and Demetrius Harris, who has a history with Coach Nagy here to play some Y for us, Adam’s fit has waned. Plus when I drafted Adam it was to fit into the Dowell Loggains offense, so as you can see it’s just best, and fair to Adam, that we look to get him a fresh start.” ~ Pace, again, probably
If traded, Shaheen would only cost his new team about $1.2 million, and he won’t turn 25-years old until October, so he’s still relatively cheap and young enough where a team may consider flipping a low pick for him.
“Well, to be perfectly honest, we do have several other offers on the table right now, but I like you. I like doing business with you. So I’ll accept your generous offer of a 7th-round pick and bid you good luck in the 2020 season.” ~ Pace, hopefully
In other Bears tight end news, it was revealed in yesterday’s NFL Transaction report that Trey Burton’s contract was being terminated with a Post-June 1 designation, which gives them the best cap savings possible, but also with a failed physical. “We took a full evaluation of our roster after free agency...” Ryan Pace said today (for real this time) in regards to Burton. “He had good first year for us but unfortunately injuries added up and we felt like this was best course of action for our team.”
Pace may have had some missteps along the way general managing the Bears, but his decision to release or not re-sign inured players has always been solid.
What are your thoughts on Shaheen being on the trade block, Burton’s failed physical, and the possibility of the Bears drafting a tight end?