Bears shopping special teams ace Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw set a franchise record with 30 tackles last season and now the Chicago Bears are working to find him a new home.

Multiple teams have expressed interest in the reserve linebacker, according to a league source, and the Bears will release him later today if they cannot find a taker. Because he’ll be a commodity on the waiver wire, there is a good chance the Bears can secure a seventh-round draft pick for him.

Shaw was cut the previous two years by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers and it’s somewhat surprising he’s not going to make it with the Bears after performing so well in 2009. Shaw was signed in Week 2 to take the roster spot of middle linebacker Brian Urlacher after he was lost for the season with a wrist injury. Shaw had 22 special teams tackles going into the season finale at Detroit when the Michigan native made eight tackles covering kicks and punts.

But Brian Iwuh passed him on the depth chart as the team’s sixth linebacker and he’s been a solid special teams player before for the Jaguars. Apparently, the Bears made a decision that they could not go with seven linebacker. Rather than cutting him, they’d like to get a late pick for him. The Bears are already without their 2011 seventh-round draft pick, using it to select BYU running back Harvey Unga in the supplemental draft.

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