Chicago Bears: Pros and cons of adding Eric Ebron

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The Chicago Bears have to add talent at tight end this spring. Should they pursue Eric Ebron in free agency?

The 2019 season was a forgettable one for many reasons, but I don’t know if there was a worse group on this Chicago Bears roster than the tight ends.

Not a single Bears tight end reached 100 receiving yards on the season. The group, overall, was atrocious.

Based on overall grades via Football Outsiders, Trey Burton was the second-worst rated tight end in the NFL last season (minimum 25 targets). This is the guy general manager Ryan Pace forked over a 4-year, $32 million contract to sign in the spring of 2018. Yet, he was hardly able to stay on the field last year and caught just 14 passes while appearing in eight games.

Heck, late in the season, fans got excited when they saw guys like J.P Holtz and Jesper Horsted make a grab. Seeing any tight end, at all, catch the football, seemed like a cause for celebration — especially when they gained even a few yards after the catch.

This spring, the Bears have to do something drastic at the position. I would vote for not only signing someone via free agency, but also drafting another. This position group has to be completely revamped.

One of those guys the Bears could bring in over free agency is Eric Ebron, who will be allowed to hit the market after Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard said the team would “probably move on” from the veteran.

Should the Bears bring him in to help fill the void? He is quite the polarizing player, for several reasons. Some fans like the idea, while others don’t. Let’s take a little bit of a deeper dive into what Ebron in Chicago would mean with a good, old-fashioned pros and cons segment.