The Chicago Bears underachieved last season, struggling to win games because of their struggling offense. Playing an in NFC North division that is incredibly competitive, every week is a must-win, so Chicago cannot afford to keep players that will not help them right now.
This mindset could lead to some tough decisions being made. These are three veterans that the Bears could cut during training camp.
1. Ben Braunecker, TE
Ben Braunecker has spent four seasons with the Bears, but he has struggled to generate any kind of production. Over 47 games, he has caught just 13 passes for 142 yards and a touchdowns. With at least three tight ends ahead of him on the depth chart, 2020 may be the year to let the Harvard product go.
2. Javon Wims, WR
After signing veteran wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., the wide receiver room in Chicago is pretty crowded. They will for sure keep Ginn, Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, and Cordarrelle Patterson, which means Javon Wims will be on the bubble. Wims has under-performed during his two seasons with Chicago, catching just 18 passes for 186 yards last season. He would need an impressive preseason to make the team, and the restructured schedule leading up to the season could end up hurting his chances to make the team.
3. Joel Iyiegbuniwe, ILB
Joel Iyiegbuniwe was a fourth-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. So far, he has given Bears fans very little to be impressed about. Mostly playing as a special teams guy, he has totaled just 13 tackles over 31 career games. It comes down to who the 53 best players on the team are, and Iyiegbuniwe is not one of them. If something were to happen to starters Danny Trevathan or Roquan Smith, the team would not be able to trust Iyiegbuniwe, which means they need to find someone else to be the second-string linebacker.
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