After one of the more eventful free agency periods in recent memory for the Bears, the second and third waves of player acquisition have begun. Just because Chicago landed big fish such as Allen Robinson and Trey Burton, doesn’t mean they don’t still have depth and competition needs. That reflects in tight end Daniel Brown, who the Bears are set to bring back, reports Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The 25-year-old tight end in Brown is set for his third season in Chicago. In two years, he’s caught 29 receptions for 253 yards and a touchdown as a depth tight end. The former wide receiver product out of James Madison figures to be a factor of versatility towards the end of the Bears’ depth chart: provided he can make the 53-man roster in the summer.
What Brown’s move precedes could be a release of 2017 free agent signing Dion Sims. The Bears were reportedly shopping Sims, but that’s what teams do when they’re trying to recoup value as a last ditch effort before cutting ties. With a second-round pick in Adam Shaheen that the Bears are high on, the 6th highest paid tight end in the NFL in Burton, and Brown in the fold: it’s difficult to envision Sims’ having much of a future in Chicago at a $6 million cap hit. Crazier things have happened, though.
At any rate, the Bears could have one of the deeper and more talented tight end groups in football moving forward. Brown’s return to Chicago is a potential piece of that puzzle.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron and Inside The Pylon, and a contributor for Pro Football Weekly and The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.