Chicago Bears TE Jake Butt has retired

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It looks like former Michigan Wolverine star and Chicago Bears tight end Jake Butt is calling it a career as he was placed on the reserve/retired list on Wednesday, according to the NFL’s transaction wire.

Butt had a tryout with the Bears back in June and signed a contract shortly after. He entered camp competing with J.P. Holtz, Jesper Horsted and Scooter Harrington. The Bears also signed veteran tight end Jesse James to a one-year deal last weekend, possibly indicating the Bears had an idea Butt’s retirement was coming.

A star at Michigan, Butt was projected to excel in the NFL, but tore his ACL during his final collegiate game and wound up getting drafted in the fifth-round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. Butt battled various injuries during his professional career, including another torn ACL. He played in just eight games in four seasons.

With Butt’s retirement, Holtz, Horsted, Harrington, James, Jimmy Graham, and Cole Kmet round out the tight ends for the Bears.

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