Jake Butt, Tyrone Wheatley Jr. land with new NFL team for 2021
Two former Michigan teammates are back together again, landing with the same NFL team for 2021.
Friday afternoon, the Chicago Bears announced the signing of three free agents. Two of those players included tight end Jake Butt and offensive tackle Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 18, 2021
Butt and Wheatley both played tight end while at Michigan and were teammates during 2015-16. While Butt finished second on the Wolverines in 2016 with 46 catches and 546 yards, Wheatley also caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Butt was a fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos during the 2017 NFL Draft. He tore his ACL during his final collegiate game in the Orange Bowl and has battled knee injuries ever since. Butt missed all of 2017 and all of 2019 and has appeared in just eight career games with 10 catches for 90 yards.
Wheatley began his career as a tight end with the Wolverines, but he has since changed positions. The Bears announced he was being signed as an offensive lineman after switching to tackle during his participation in The Spring League.
Best of luck to these Wolverines as they team up again in the NFL!