The Chicago Bears are trading tight end Adam Shaheen to the Miami Dolphins, a source confirmed to the Tribune on Saturday.
Pro Football Talk reported the Bears will receive a conditional 2021 sixth-round draft pick in return. The trade marks the end of a rocky three-year Bears career for the 2017 second-round draft pick. Shaheen, who was the No. 45 pick out of Division II Ashland, had 26 catches for 249 yards and four touchdowns in 27 games, including career highs of 12 catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns in his rookie season.
Shaheen’s Bears tenure was marked by injuries and underperformance, and the 6-foot-6, 257-pound tight end finished the last two seasons on injured reserve.
Shaheen, 25, had foot and ankle injuries in 2018 and played in only six games with four starts. He played in eight games in 2019 before he was benched for performance reasons in early November. The next week, the Bears put him on the injury report with a foot issue, and he didn’t play in another game the rest of the season.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace said at the end of the 2019 season that “Shaheen is talented.”
“What has hurt his development, especially being raw, small school, is just the time he’s missed,” Pace said. “When he’s played, we’ve liked what we’ve seen. He just hasn’t put it out there long enough. So he knows that. We’ve talked to him about that. He’s frustrated. We’re frustrated. He needs to stay healthy to continue to develop as a young player.”
The Bears have overhauled the tight end position this offseason. They cut Trey Burton in April and released Ben Braunecker earlier this week. To replace them, the Bears signed veteran Jimmy Graham to a two-year, $16 million contract, drafted second-round pick Cole Kmet and added veteran Demetrius Harris to the mix.
With Shaheen’s departure, the Bears have now parted ways with five draft picks from the first three rounds in the Pace era. The others are 2015 first-round pick Kevin White and third-rounder Hroniss Grasu and 2016 first-rounder Leonard Floyd and third-rounder Jonathan Bullard.
Remaining with the Bears are Eddie Goldman (second round, 2015), Cody Whitehair (second round, 2016), Mitch Trubisky (first round, 2017), Roquan Smith (first round, 2018), James Daniels (second round, 2018), Anthony Miller (second round, 2018), David Montgomery (third round, 2019), Cole Kmet (second round, 2020) and Jaylon Johnson (second round, 2020).
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