Selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2017 Ashland University Draft, Shaheen played 27 games with 13 starts over three seasons, catching 26 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns.
As a rookie in 2017, Shaheen had 12 receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. But the 6-6, 257-pounder has been plagued with injuries in each of the past two seasons.
Shaheen performed well in training camp in 2018 before injuring his foot and ankle in a preseason game in Denver, which forced him to miss the first nine games of the regular season. He ended up playing in just six games, catching five passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Shaheen had nine receptions for 74 yards in the first eight games last season before being placed on the injured reserve with a foot injury.
Shaheen’s trade – which took place three days after the release of fifth-year pro Ben Braunecker – leaves the Bears with seven tight ends: acquisitions of veteran free agents Jimmy Graham and Demetrius Harris; the selection of second-round rookie Cole Kmet; returnees JP Holtz, Jesper Horsted and Eric Saubert; and undrafted rookie Darion Clark.
Of the seven, only Horsted was with the Bears before the start of last season. Two have been claimed waivers over the season – Raiders ‘Holtz on September 11 and the Redskins’ Saubert on November 30. The other four – Graham, Harris, Kmet and Clark – were acquired during the offseason.
Moving the list: The Bears also released linebacker Devante Bond on Sunday and gave up safety Kentrell Brice and wide receiver Alex Wesley.
Bond signed with the Bears on December 9 and played the last three games of the season, exclusively on special teams. He was selected by the Buccaneers in the sixth round of the 2016 Oklahoma Draft. After spending his rookie season in the injured reserve, Bond played 29 games with six starts in three seasons with Tampa Bay, recording 26 tackles and one tackle against loss.
Brice signed with the Bears on January 8. He spent three seasons with the Packers from 2016-18, appearing in 36 games with 14 starts and recording 100 tackles, six pass breakouts, one interception, one sack, one fumble and one tackle. for-loss. Brice entered the NFL with Green Bay in 2016 as an undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech. He signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent last March, but was waived by Tampa Bay as part of the Final Cups.
Wesley joined the Bears’ training squad last December. He entered the NFL with the Giants last year as an undrafted free agent from northern Colorado. But was dropped as part of the final cups.