The Bears have released fifth-year veteran tight end Ben Braunecker, the team announced Thursday.
The Bears have released fifth-year veteran tight end Ben Braunecker, the team announced Thursday.

The Bears have released veteran tight end Ben Braunecker, the team announced Thursday.

The move leaves the Bears with eight tight ends on the roster as training camp nears: Free agent signees Jimmy Graham and Demetrius Harris, second-round draft pick Cole Kmet, returnees Adam Shaheen, J.P. Holtz, Jesper Horsted and Eric Saubert, and undrafted rookie Darion Clark.

Braunecker, 26, joined the Bears in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard. He played in 47 games over four seasons with the Bears.

In 2019, Braunecker played in 11 games, catching six passes for 59 yards and one touchdown. He caught his first career touchdown during a Nov. 10 win over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Braunecker made a leaping catch in the end zone on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Braunecker suffered a concussion in a Week 12 win over the New York Giants on Nov. 24. He went in IR on Dec. 14 and missed the final five games of the season.

Braunecker had previously signed a two-year contract extension with the Bears prior to the 2019 season.

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