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Since the Chicago Bears broke mandatory mini-camp earlier this week we’ve seen several signings take place. Yesterday the Bears signed veteran DT Mike Pennel. Today, they have officially announced that signing, plus a couple more.
We have signed TE Jake Butt, DL Mike Pennel and OL Tyrone Wheatley Jr.@Hyundai | #DaBearshttps://t.co/AB6sym2Sm9— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 18, 2021
In corresponding moves the Bears have terminated the contracts for DL Thomas Shaffer and OL Gunnar Vogel.
The former Denver Bronco, Jake Butt, comes in as an intriguing name to add into the Chicago Bears’ tight ends group. Pun partially intended. Injuries have hampered an otherwise gifted athlete in Jake who has a reasonable amount of potential still untapped.
Unfortunately, Jake Butt has yet to finish a full NFL season. In his four years with the Denver Broncos he appeared in eight total games, and four starts included. Still, he was seen as one of the better prospects in the 2017 draft class who fell to the 5th round due to a torn ACL suffered at the Orange Bowl. Butt won the John Mackey award for being voted the nations’ best tight end.
He now butts into a tight ends group that includes Jimmy Graham and Cole Kmet, amongst others. Jake projects as an inline “Y” who’ll provide depth and versatility behind the primary tandem of Graham and Kmet. Oh, and endless opportunities for dad jokes or puns, too.