Chicago Bears: Early look at sneaky free agent adds in 2019

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Chicago Bears, C.J. Uzomah
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Tight End C.J. Uzomah

You want a sneaky free agent signing? How about a third-string tight end off of an offense which used him as one of their top options at times last season?

The Cincinnati Bengals were hit hard with injuries in 2018, so much so that both their top tight ends made way for C.J. Uzomah to step in and take over the pass-catching duties there. Both Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft sat on the sidelines, forcing Uzomah into that role about halfway through the season.

Uzomah played with both Andy Dalton and Jeff Driskel, and still made a few plays. The Bears may need to add to this position over the offseason, though they have both Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen. Another pass catcher is never a bad thing, and the 26-year-old former fifth-round pick out of Auburn could be a solid option.

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Uzomah caught 43 balls for 439 yards and three scores last year. Those numbers don’t jump off the stat sheet, but knowing how sporadic tight end play can be, outside of the elite guys, those numbers are more than serviceable.

If the Bengals decide to rework the tight end position this offseason, which they very well could, Uzomah would be a nice add for the Bears. Think about having three tight ends who could all see the field and play meaningful time if need be — I’ll take it.