Jan 16, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis (87) dunks the ball over the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Bears Bring Back Kellen Davis, Josh McCown


The Bears continued to bring back some of their own free agents on Wednesday, re-upping with tight end Kellen Davis on a 2-year deal.

Davis led the Bears with 5 touchdown catches last season, among his 18 catches for 206 yards while being used primarily as a blocker in Mike Martz’s scheme.  In the Era of the Tight End, it’s important the Bears get more productivity out of the position.

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith thinks Davis can be a featured tight end:

“If you want to feature Kellen Davis, you can do that,” Smith told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “Great size, great blocker, in-line blocker, but he’s skilled enough as an athlete to be able to move outside and do some things. I really like him.”

If Mike Tice can resurrect the tight end position in his modified Mike Martz offense and Brandon Marshall can command some double teams on the outside, I think Davis is poised for a breakout year.  I’ll leave the fantasy football picks to DeCon, but I’m penciling Davis in as a deep sleeper to grab for your fantasy team next season.

Speaking of re-signing their own, the Bears also brought Josh McCown back behind Cutler and newly acquired Jason Campbell to add more veteran depth at the quarterback position.  Barring a training camp miracle, you’ve got to think that ends the Nathan Enderle era.

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  • Phil_X

    I was very happy to see this headline last night Boomer. I was paying a lot of attention to Davis when he played for Michigan State, and think he’d be tops already if it werent’ for Martz (but then he’d be backing up Olsen). I don’t think the Bears need to go get a TE now. They can now focus on addressing the other needs they have. So far so good for Emery. I’d like to see this Michael Bush deal get done as well. And I will keep syaing it, I think a Knox trade/cut is coming. The Weems signing opens that up.

  • BearGogglesOn

     @Phil_X I agree about Davis. Not sure he has the speed to fit into the mold of the Grahams and Gronkowskis of the world, but he’s got the body and has produced when given opportunities.
     
    I would kind of like to see The Law Firm (Ben-Jarvus Green Ellis) if they can’t get Bush.  He’s the goal line back you need – 24 TD’s over the last 2 seasons. 
     
    I don’t think they can trade Knox while he’s injured; he’d never pass a physical.  I am worried that the Weems deal might mean they’re thinking about trading Hester.  He has a big cap number for primarily a punt returner. 

  • Phil_X

     @BearGogglesOn I’d love to have the Law Firm. Man, trading Hester….not a popular move, but I could see it happening. He has not panned out at WR and he demands a ton of cash. I don’t think they do it this year, but one more sub-par season, and I could see him going.