The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life, including how NFL general managers approach team rosters in training camp. Gone is the traditional 90-man squad that teams could field through the final preseason game. In its place is a revised 80-man maximum that all clubs must be at by August 16.
The Bears won't wait that long to trim their roster to 80 players. Ryan Pace told reporters during a Zoom call on Wednesday that he'll likely have Chicago at the 80-man limit by Sunday. With the roster currently at 83 players, that means three NFL hopefuls will have their dreams crushed by week's end.
Pace has been busy handing out pink slips over the last few days. He released tight end Ben Braunecker and cornerback Tre Roberson and traded former second-round pick, Adam Shaheen, to the Dolphins for a bag of rocks (otherwise described as a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft).
Linebacker Devante Bond and safety Kentrell Brice have also been given their walking papers.
The most likely positions Pace will target with his three remaining cuts are tight end and wide receiver, where several long-shots (even for the practice squad) are slotted.
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