Bears: Loss to Eagles makes one thing clear

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After their fourth straight loss, there’s one thing that the Chicago Bears learned on Sunday afternoon.

The Chicago Bears are reeling. It’s clear that after a 3-1 start, the Bears have lost four straight games which means that Super Bowl expectations no longer exist for the Bears. On Sunday, however, there’s one player that likely iced his future with the Chicago Bears.

After reading that last sentence, you’re likely thinking that the player who’s status with the Bears is iced is quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. However, it’s not. It’s tight end Adam Shaheen who was a second-round pick of the Bears in 2017.

While Shaheen missed half of the 2018 season due to various injuries, he had all offseason to get healthy but has failed to make an impact in 2019. Against the Eagles, Shaheen had just one target and had zero yards.

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However, Shaheen’s worst moment in his uneventful career came during the final kickoff of the game where the ball ended up bouncing off his hands. Shaheen then proceeded to try and pick the ball up and run when he should have just landed on the ball in order to at least give the offense a chance to win the game.

To this date, Shaheen has been the Bears worst second-round pick under General Manager Ryan Pace. In an offense where tight ends are one of the focal points that need to have an impact each game, every Bears tight end has failed to have an impact this year.

The reality is that Shaheen’s days with the Bears are coming to an end sooner than most think. Per Spotrac, the Bears can cut Shaheen in 2020 and save $1.2 million dollars. It doesn’t seem like a lot but it’s a necessary move that needs to be made in order for the Bears to begin revamping the tight end room during the 2020 offseason.

As bad as this season has been for the Bears, Shaheen needs to go. You can’t keep around players who continue to make mistakes and then not make plays, especially when you’re given opportunities to make plays.

Remember last week against the Los Angeles Chargers? Shaheen was wide open in the endzone and would’ve scored a touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball but dropped the pass. The result? The Bears would get just three points as a result of Shaheen’s inability to make plays.

Say what you want but Shaheen’s performance against the Eagles shows that he needs to be gone. 2020 will be an offseason of change for the Bears and Shaheen isn’t the Bears biggest problem for the Bears right now but he’s certainly one of many problems that need to be gone.