Quebec's Mathieu Betts was released by the Chicago Bears on Friday.
The linebacker was the victim of the latest cuts in the Bears' squad, which must not exceed the NFL's limit of 53 players, reported "The Athletic". The Rouge et Or alumnus of Laval University played very little in the pre-season, playing only a quarter against the Carolina Panthers.
The Betts Chicago adventure is not over yet. He could very well be retained on the training team, but the procedure requires him to go through the ballot first.
The 24-year-old could also get along with another NFL team or turn to the Canadian Football League (CFL), where the Edmonton Eskimos have their rights. He had been a first-round pick choice, third overall, in the 2019 draft of the CFL. He was the only player in this vintage to have a chance to play in the NFL this year.
In his last university season, Betts had 33.5 sacks in 33 games, earning the honor of U Sports best defensive player of the year for the third year in a row.