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3 Bears veterans who will be cut after the NFL Draft

Even though they didn’t have the most picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears still made the most of their selections. The Bears added five promising rookies during last week’s trip to Detroit, highlighted by first-round selections and future faces of the franchise Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze.

However, the arrival of more youth is not good news for everyone in the team. The addition of a new rookie class means Bears veterans who underperformed last season will now face new competition to keep their 53-man spots. While some will survive, others will not.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at three Bears veterans who could be cut in the 2024 draft.

The Bears struggled on special teams during the 2023 campaign, which had a lot to do with Trenton Gill being one of the NFL’s worst punters. As a result, Chicago signed fellow P Corliss Waitman to a future contract earlier this season to give Gill some competition in training camp.

That said, Waitman’s future is less certain now that the Bears used a fourth-round pick to draft Iowa’s Tory Taylor. The 26-year-old was arguably college football’s best punter the past two seasons, having led the nation in punt and punt yards both years. That’s not to say he’ll have the same success in the NFL, but it’s clear he has the tools to be a true special teams player.

With Taylor in the mix, Waitman is no longer needed unless the Bears have already lost complete confidence in Gill. Plus, it’s not like the 28-year-old has the best track record to begin with. The Bears are the sixth organization Waitman has joined since 2020, highlighting his inability to stick around wherever he lands.

At the end of the day, Waitman is probably who he is at this point, while Taylor and Gill are both younger and have more upside. I see the Bears ultimately cutting the ex-CFL draftee before pitting the two remaining options against each other.