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Bears let 3 go and officially announce the details of the Shaheen trade

The Chicago Bears appear to be getting down to the 80 man roster limit rather that staying at 90 and practicing in a split squad during camp.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Minicamp Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday evening the Chicago Bears announced that they have parted ways with three players and they also officially announced the Adam Shaheen trade details. They released linebacker Devante Bond and they waived safety Kentrell Brice and wide receiver Alex Wesley.

Bond played a few games on the Bears’ special teams in 2019 and Wesley was a late addition to their 2019 practice squad. Brice was added in January of 2020 after spending the 2019 offseason with the Buccaneers and the 2019 mini camp with the XFL’s Seattle Dragons. All three of these players were considered long-shots to make the Bears this year.

The Shaheen trade was ever sweeter than originally reported as the Dolphins are sending a 7th-round pick to the Bears that could become a 6th-rounder if certain conditions are met. Getting a guaranteed pick for a player that was likely getting cut is a nice consolation prize for GM Ryan Pace.

With offseason rosters needing to be at 80 unless teams are willing to practice with a split squad due to the ongoing pandemic, several teams are already whittling their rosters down from the usual 90. The Bears appear to be ready to get to 80 before camp officially opens on July 28.

Besides these 4 moves, the Bears have also released tight end Ben Braunecker a few days ago.