The Chicago Bears resumed work at Halas Hall on Tuesday afternoon with offseason OTAs. The team also made a couple moves prior to practice.
The team officially signed wide receiver Victor Cruz and waived quarterback Connor Shaw.
Shaw was with the Bears less than a year. After drafting Mitch Trubisky, Shaw was the obvious odd man out in terms of the Bears quarterback situation. The Bears will head into the 2017 NFL season with Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky and Mark Sanchez as their quarterbacks. Glennon will likely remain the starter, while Trubisky can continue to develop with the assistance of Sanchez.
Last July, the Bears claimed Shaw off waivers. Shaw did appear in three of the team’s preseason games last year. In those games, Shaw completed 11 of 16 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Against the Kansas City Chiefs, Shaw took a hit from defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches that resulted in a compound fracture of the left leg. The injury put Shaw on injured reserve for the entire 2016 season. In March, the Bears actually signed Shaw to a one-year extension.
While Shaw did show some promise during last year’s preseason, he became expendable with the signings of Glennon and Sanchez. Drafting Trubisky pretty much ended Shaw’s time in Chicago. If Shaw didn’t get hurt last season, he may have even seen some playing time in the regular season, but things didn’t work out that way. The Bears have never seen Shaw in real game action, so he became expendable. By real game, I mean regular season play.
Fans shouldn’t be upset over this move. Especially since the franchise drafted and already has their quarterback of the future. Shaw should get an opportunity somewhere else. We could be talking about a different story if he never got injured, but he did.
Waiving Shaw also allowed the Bears to officially sign Victor Cruz, who will be participating in practice this week.
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