The Bears placed Butt on the retired list Wednesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports. Butt signed with Chicago in mid-June but will hang up his cleats rather than compete for a roster spot in camp. The 26-year-old's professional career was derailed by injuries since being selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2017 draft. Over his four years in the league, Butt appeared in just eight games.
Butt signed with the Bears on Friday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports. Injuries have defined Butt's career thus far. A highly-rated tight end in college, Butt tore his ACL in his final bowl game for Michigan and slipped to the fifth round of the 2017 draft. He missed all of his rookie season due to injury and all of the 2019 season as well. His entire NFL experience to date consists of three games in 2018 and five in 2020, as he also battled injuries in both of those years There's presumably still some talent here if he stays healthy, but the Bears will likely be happy if he can just manage to stay on the field.
The Broncos didn't tender a contract to Butt on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Selected one pick ahead of George Kittle in the 2017 NFL Draft, Butt has accumulated only 10 receptions for 90 yards over four career NFL games. The Michigan standout was viewed as a top tight end prospect during his senior campaign, but a torn ACL suffered during an Orange Bowl loss to Florida State kept him from making a single appearance as a rookie. Knee and hamstring issues have continued to hamper Butt throughout his career. Now seemingly back to 100 percent after being lifted from injured reserve Dec. 31, Butt has the opportunity to pursue a backup role elsewhere.
Butt (hamstring) was removed from injured reserve Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Butt's most recent game appearance came Week 6 at New England, but he was ruled out the subsequent contest against Kansas City and moved to IR a week after that on Nov. 3. The tight end hardly made a peep in the passing game over his first five appearances of 2020, registering two catches for five yards on an offensive workload of 22.8 snaps per contest. With Noah Fant still secured atop the depth chart, Butt carries minimal upside as a depth option for Denver's 28th-ranked pass offense.
The Broncos designated Butt (hamstring) for a return from injured reserve Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports. Butt has resided on injured reserve since Nov. 3 with the hamstring issue, but the team will now have 21 days to officially activate the tight end. Only Noah Fant and Nick Vannett are the healthy tight ends on the roster, so Butt's inclusion in the lineup will bolster the depth if he's officially activated.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||@Las Vegas Raiders||5||2.00|
|6||10/17||Green Bay Packers||17||7.00|
|7||10/24||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||18||7.00|
|8||10/31||San Francisco 49ers||27||10.00|
|14||12/12||@Green Bay Packers||17||7.00|
|17||01/02||New York Giants||30||12.00|
|3 Year Avg||5||3||30||0||1||10.00||3|