As the Chicago Bears inch closer to free agency, one position they’ll need to address is the tight end. Luckily, there are some bargains to be had.
Do the Chicago Bears have the worst tight end group in the entire NFL? It is incredibly plausible. Considering they didn’t have a single player in that room with over 100 receiving yards all season long, I would say they’ve got that title nailed down.
General manager Ryan pace has a few positions of need to address this offseason, but some might argue that none are as dire as the tight end. Frankly, it’s an absolute mess of a group right now.
Let’s take a look at the Bears’ tight end lines from the entire 2019 season, shall we?
Trey Burton: 14 receptions, 84 yards and zero touchdowns
Adam Shaheen: Nine receptions, 74 yards and zero touchdowns
Ben Braunecker: Six receptions, 59 yards and one touchdown
J.P. Holtz: Seven receptions, 91 yards and zero touchdowns
Jesper Horsted: Eight receptions, 87 yards and one touchdown
Eric Saubert: Two receptions for 21 yards and zero touchdowns
For those keeping track at home, that’s a total of 46 receptions for 416 yards and two touchdowns. Have you thrown up yet? No? Impressive.
If that isn’t enough to convince you the Bears might just have the worst tight end group in all of football, I’m not sure what will do the trick. The moral of the story is, Pace has a heck of a task in front of him.
Actually, is it all that difficult of a task? After all, it appears the only direction the Bears’ tight end group can go at this point is up.
With little cash to spend this offseason, the Bears may want to look at some free agent bargains in order to revamp their tight end group. Obviously, there is a chance they cut a few guys to make some room, financially speaking. But, looking at the bargains out there, here are five tight ends the team could bring in to help their cause.