Kevin White’s time with the Cardinals has already run out:
Cardinals released former Bears first-round pick, WR Kevin White, per source. White has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of action for over the past week.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2019
Arizona cut the Bears’ 2015 first-round pick, who signed with the team in the offseason and looked well-positioned to get a much-needed clean slate.
Injury issues that sidetracked White’s career in Chicago popped up out in Arizona, which likely played a role in the two sides parting ways. And even though ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports White has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of last week’s preseason exhibition, it was enough to push the Cardinals to let go of the star-crossed pass-catcher.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals’ decision has a negative impact on the Bears.
The Bears currently have lost 4 compensatory free agents and signed 4, leaving them with no comp picks.
To get the 4th rounder for Adrian Amos back, they'd need to cut before Week 10 one of Buster Skrine, Cordarrelle Patterson, Mike Davis, or Ha-Ha Clinton Dix.
— Nick Korte (@nickkorte) August 21, 2019
UGH! What is it about the Cardinals — no matter the sport — always ruining a good thing!? Sigh.
The Bears were so close to landing a compensatory draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but the Cardinals cutting White essentially put an end to that dream. Chicago has not received a compensatory draft pick in 10 years, and the drought appears destined to reach 11. What a bummer!
OverTheCap.com’s Nick Korte offers up alternatives that could help the Bears secure a much-appreciated pick. It would be wild to do it, but the team could cut free agent additions Mike Davis and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Doing so would net the team compensatory picks in the 4th and 5th rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. Wouldn’t that be neat? I can’t lie … it sure would be neat to snag another draft pick, especially since the Bears will need all the cost-controlled talent they can get with the likes of Cody Whitehair, Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen, and Mitch Trubisky in line for lucrative extensions. But in the end, it’s not practical, so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a compensatory pick to come the Bears’ way next year.