The Adam Shaheen experiment in Chicago is over.
Three years after drafting Shaheen 45th overall, the Bears have reportedly sent the tight end to Miami in exchange for a 6th round pick in the 2021 draft:
Bears are trading TE Adam Shaheen to the Dolphins for a conditional 2021 sixth-round draft pick, per source with knowledge of the transaction.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 25, 2020
The trade marks the end of a disappointing tenure in Chicago for Shaheen. Taken out of Division II Ashland University, Shaheen played in 27 games over three seasons, catching 26 balls for 249 yards (9.6 YPC) and four touchdowns. Shaheen never made it through a full season, having played in 13, six, and eight games, respectively. A chest injury ended his rookie season, and ankle/foot issues derailed his 2018 campaign. His 2019 season ended in late November, when he was placed on injured reserve for the third straight year.
After cutting Ben Braunecker on Friday, the trade leaves the Bears with seven tight ends on the roster: Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet, Demetrius Harris, J.P. Holtz, Jesper Horsted, Darion Clark, and Eric Saubert. The team also saves about $1.2 million in cap space by dealing him. With the new CBA amendments dictating that rosters can only reach 80 to start training camps, that leaves the Bears with eight more cuts to make:
Bears continue shedding TEs and now only will need to cut 8 more players to get to 80. https://t.co/C6prIwKHRW
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) July 25, 2020