ESPN says Adam Shaheen is Bears player who's most likely to be cut


The Chicago Bears used the 43rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to select Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet, who figures to play a big role in the offense this season paired with veteran free agent signing Jimmy Graham.

With Trey Burton already receiving his walking papers on the eve of draft weekend, the addition of Kmet to the tight end room has Adam Shaheen's status very much in doubt.

In ESPN's recent breakdown of players who are most likely to be cut from each team, it's Shaheen who leads the way for the Bears.

The writing is on the wall for Shaheen, a second-round pick in 2017. The Bears hoped to translate his size and athleticism into superstar play, but he caught a total of 26 passes for 249 yards over three years. Injuries stunted his progress, but the team clearly soured on Shaheen quickly; it signed Trey Burton to an enormous deal after Shaheen's first season, before adding Jimmy Graham, Demetrius Harris and second-round pick Cole Kmet this offseason.

Trading up to draft Mitchell Trubisky before Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes will come to define Ryan Pace's tenure as general manager in Chicago, but using the No. 45 overall pick on Shaheen when George Kittle would go off the board in the fifth round won't look much better.

Shaheen has been a massive disappointment through his first three seasons in Chicago. Injuries have slowed his learning curve and limited his production, a combination that doesn't bode well for his future, especially after two enormous investments in the position through free agency and the draft.

With Graham, Kmet and Harris the likely top three tight ends on the Bears' depth chart, there simply isn't room for a player like Shaheen, who will go down as another gigantic draft miss by Ryan Pace.

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