The tight end position has been the biggest and most consistent strength for the Chicago Bears offense of the past few years.
Desmond Clark has been an extremely consistent tight end for the past six years before and has shown to be a good workhorse when the Bears need him.
The addition of Greg Olsen through the draft two seasons ago has added a big passing threat. Not only that, but he became an alternate for the NFC in the Pro Bowl, a great feat for a second year player.
But what is the state of our TE's right now? Join me after the jump.
How are we now?
The Bears have one of the better tight end tandems in the NFL. Olsen and Clark combined for over 900 receiving yards and each had at least nine yards per catch.
Olsen stood out as he took over the starting job that Clark had the year before. Here is a look at Olsen's last season stats.
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Olsen became a crutch for Kyle Orton at times throughout the season, with four games with at least five catches.
His best game was against the Detroit Lions (of course) where he had just three catches but still amassed 87 yards, averaging almost 30 yards a catch.
Olsen's big play ability has made him an almost receiver-like player only much bigger, making him more dangerous in the red zone.
I expect Olsen to be able to keep progressing and become a Pro Bowler this season, depending on what happens with the quarterback position.
Clark is going to stay consistent as a decent passing attack and one of the better back-up tight ends in the NFL.
Possible Free Agent Pick-ups
Note: After this article, this section will be intertwined with draft possibilities which will be new to the next article in the series.
I don't think that the Bears will do anything about the tight end position this offseason, as they are basically set and need to worry about other positions much more than this one.