Chicago Bears Make Surprising Roster Move

The Chicago Bears have surprised many around the NFL as the team has decided to release running back Tarik Cohen. The move comes using their injury designation and the news was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

While Cohen missed the entire 2021 season and most of the 2020 season with a torn ACL, it wasn't expected he would be released by the Bears. The 26-year-old was cut due to not being able to pass a physical, however if you ask the running back he'll tell you he's expecting to be ready for Week 1 of next season.

Cohen has shown flashes of brilliance for the Bears as he was on his way to becoming a consistent offensive weapon for the Bears before blowing out his knee. For a 5-foot-6 back, he's powerful, allusive, hard to tackle, and also happens to be a triple threat with catching abilities out of the backfield and spending time on special teams returning kicks. 

From 2017-20 Cohen had 17 total scores with 1,101 rushing yards, 1,575 receiving yards and 1,613 return yards. Chicago now saves $2.25 million on the salary cap by releasing the running back and leave $3.5 million in dead money with the transaction. 

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