It appears as though Tanner Gentry’s time with the Chicago Bears may be coming to an end:
#Bears are releasing WR Tanner Gentry. They hope to get him back on the practice squad. It doesn’t look like they’ll be adding another WR.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) September 19, 2017
Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports the team is releasing the receiver only two days after making his NFL debut. While Jahns adds that the team hopes to retain Gentry on the practice squad, it doesn’t appear as if another receiver will be added to the mix.
Gentry was one of the more high-profile names the team signed as an undrafted free agent last spring. While at Wyoming, Gentry was a constant deep threat and a reliable target for quarterback prospect Josh Allen – whose deep throws haven’t been quite as successful since his top pass-catching target graduated to the NFL.
Gentry, who made a name for himself during training camp, catching seemingly everything thrown his way and building a rapport with No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky, played eight snaps in the Bears’ Week 2 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He made his first career catch, but also had one of the team’s five fourth-quarter drops.
By releasing Gentry, the Bears – a rebuilding team with minimal receiver talent and less depth – risk losing a player with some talent and upside for nothing if another team picks him up.
The front office has already played this risk-reward game with Gentry once (and won), when they didn’t add him to the initial 53-man roster. We’ll see if they get lucky again the second time around.
In other recent roster news (ICYMI): The Ravens signed OT Dieugot Joseph off the Bears practice squad.