The argument could be made that this Chicago Bears offense is as good as it’s ever been.
Already with weapons in Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, the team went out and added Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush, as well as Alshon Jeffery in the draft.
When you add that group to the solid players already in the lineup, namely Earl Bennett and Devin Hester, this is going to be a high-powered group and could help to propel Jay Cutler into the MVP conversation before long. But there’s one spot that the Bears seem to be lacking as far as their skill positions go: tight end.
Despite the fact that the Bears are rolling into the season with four tight ends, none of them look like they’ll be useful in anything other than the blocking side of things.
Kellen Davis is likely going to be the one going to get looks in the passing game. Davis caught 18 balls for just over 200 yards and five scores last season. He was a nice option in the red zone, but with Marshall and Jeffery, he’s not going to get as many looks. Not that he’s a true weapon to begin with.
Davis is a solid tight end and a good blocker. He’s massive on the end, standing 6’7″ and a touch under 270. But the Bears should look at potentially getting an actual threat at that spot, just to add yet another element to this offense.
The issue is that there aren’t exactly a wealth of options out there to upgrade. The one name that does pop up is Chris Cooley. If the price is right, and he’s healthy, Cooley is a former Pro Bowler who could be a fantastic fit with this Bears team. But he’s sure to be popular in his likely brief time as a free agent, which could drive the price up.
Will the Chicago Bears look to upgrade at that spot? Possibly, but with options thin outside of Cooley, they’ll likely roll with what they have. It certainly isn’t the worst group in the world, but it’s something on this team that could use an upgrade, nonetheless.