Unsurprisingly — given the fact he was a healthy scratch for the second time Sunday — the Bears are cutting wide receiver Ted Ginn, sources confirmed Wednesday morning.
Ginn, the veteran speedster, lost his punt returning job before the Saints game, when the Bears signed and promoted Dwayne Harris. That left Ginn on the bench against his former team.
But for a one-year stint with the Cardinals and Bears, the 35-year-old spent three years apiece with the Dolphins, 49ers, Panthers and Saints. In New Orleans from 2017-19, he caught 100 passes for 1,417 yards.
The Bears signed Ginn to be an offensive weapon, but he was surpassed by rookie receiver Darnell Mooney by the end of summer camp. Ginn played only 62 offensive snaps all season — and only 18 since the end of September. He caught three passes for 40 yards this season — but, notably, a 29-yarder on fourth-and-6 that help keyed the team’s comeback win against the Falcons. Coach Matt Nagy called it “the best play of the football game, hands down.”
Ginn was a healthy scratch the week before, in Game 2 against the Giants.
“I just want to say that Ted Ginn has been really, really good for us in a lot of ways,” Nagy said after Week 2. “And he’s going to become an important part of this team as we go.”
He never did. The Bears preferred Mooney, and grew frustrated when Ginn took over punt returns for an injured Tarik Cohen. Ginn let two punts drop against the Rams that he should have caught, and was benched the following game.