Chicago Bears: Free agents still available before 2019 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Jermaine Gresham
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Tight End Jermaine Gresham

The Bears will likely address depth at tight end in the draft, getting some guys behind Trey Burton and still-developing Adam Shaheen.

Adding Jermaine Gresham would be more of a precaution, just in case the Bears do not find what they’re looking for in the upcoming draft. Not that there is a shortage of talent at the tight end position, but Pace may not get the ideal value he desires. If that’s the case, having Gresham on board would ease the disappointment just a little.

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Going into the summer months and training camp, Gresham would have to prove he can still play. He is 30 years old and a year removed from a torn achilles recovery. Last season, he caught just nine passes for 94 yards. Granted, he was playing with a rookie quarterback throwing behind an atrocious offensive line. Let’s not forget the system was just plain awful, thus the coaching change with Kliff Kingsbury.

Gresham would offer the Bears a veteran presence among lots of youth in the locker room, and if anything, his leadership would be felt. He is known as a class act and has always been well-liked by teammates, which is just the kind of guy the Bears would welcome into their family-oriented locker room.