Chicago Bears: 6 Players who likely won’t return in 2020

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Adam Shaheen, Tight End

Pace surprised many with his top two picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. He first gave up valuable draft capital to move up just one spot and draft Trubisky with the second overall pick. Then, in the second round, he drafted little known tight end, Adam Shaheen.

At 6-6, 260 pounds Shaheen gives the quarterback a big target. He had a productive career at Ashland University but didn’t receive a lot of attention since it was a Division II school. Pace fell in love with his size and athletic ability, as well as his route running and made him his second-round pick.

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That pick is turning out to be a mistake. He missed 13 games in his first two seasons due to injury. While he’s been healthy this season, he hasn’t done much on the field. He has just nine catches for 74 yards and no touchdowns this season. For his career, he has just 26 catches for 249 yards and four touchdowns. That isn’t nearly enough for a player selected as high as he was.

Ben Braunecker, the third-string tight end, played in place of Shaheen and even though he only had one catch, it was for a touchdown.

Now, Shaheen’s work ethic is in question. He is apparently in the coaches’ doghouse. He was a healthy scratch against the Detroit Lions and when asked about it, Nagy didn’t sound too pleased with him, per ProFootballTalk:

"We want all of our players to be able to be completely detailed and play hard and do everything they can to be the best player they can be."

While many compare Trubisky with the quarterbacks selected after him, Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, the Bears passed up some other good players in favor of Shaheen. Players like Alvin Kamara, Cooper Kupp, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and George Kittle could all be big contributors to this offense.

The Bears could cut Shaheen and save themselves $1.27 million. It’s not a lot of money saved but it would be the best play in his career with the Bears.