The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with tight end Dion Sims, formerly of the Miami Dolphins. The 26 year old Sims, was a 4th round pick of the Dolphins in 2013 out of Michigan State. In four years, he has appeared in 56 games, making 22 starts, with 74 receptions, 699 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The 6’4”, 271 pound Sims, is a decent blocker and a decent athlete. He should take on the blocking role in Chicago last manned by Logan Paulsen. That alone makes this one one of my favorite signings of this free agency period.
While I think this is a nice pickup, the Bears still may explore adding a tight end via the draft. This crop of rookie tight ends appears to be really good.
With Sims added, he’ll join the following tight ends currently under contract with the Bears, Daniel Brown, Zach Miller, Ben Braunecker, MyCole Pruitt and Justin Perillo.
Dion Sims' Bears deal: $18M, $10M gtd, $1M signing bonus, $3M roster bonus fifth day 2017 lg yr; salaries $2M, $6M, $6M— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 11, 2017
For this type of money, I’d imagine the Bears plan on playing Sims quite a bit. It would not surprise me to see him get more snaps than Miller, with Miller settling more into a Joker TE role.
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