Bears Plan to Re-Sign Key Veteran Pass Catcher

Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis is reportedly meeting with the Chicago Bears on Monday with plans of re-signing.
Chicago Bears Mandatory Minicamp
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The Chicago Bears might be done with mandatory minicamp, but that isn’t stopping the team from making additional moves to their 90-man roster.

On Sunday, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis is going to the Windy City on Monday to meet with the Chicago Bears with intentions to re-sign with the club.

Lewis is on the verge of playing 19 years in the league, which is almost unheard of in today’s NFL, with more players retiring earlier in their careers. 

The 40-year-old tight end joined the Bears last season after playing the previous five seasons with the Green Bay Packers. In 2023 with the Bears, Lewis didn’t do much as he only posted four receptions (five targets) for 29 yards and a touchdown.

However, the former first-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft was listed as the third tight end on the 53-man roster behind Robert Tonyan and Cole Kmet.

Lewis could be the team’s No. 3 tight end this coming season as the Bears have Kmet and Gerald Everett. But Chicago also has Stephen Carlson, Tommy Sweeney, and Brenden Bates at the position.

The Bears signed Everett in free agency to a two-year, $12 million contract. Chicago will lean on Kmet and Everett to handle the pass-catching duties this coming season. 

However, fans shouldn’t sleep on the importance of having a veteran like Lewis, especially when you have a rookie quarterback in Caleb Williams. Lewis might not do much on the field, but his presence in the locker room could do wonders for a Bears team looking to take that next step in 2024.

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