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Chicago Bears resign TE Dante Rosario (again)


Make up your mind Phil! Rosario was signed back in February, then released on Monday and as of today he is back with the Bears on a 1-year deal. The financials haven’t been released yet, but I assume it is similar to the veteran minimum deal he signed last month. My guess is that the Bears wanted to free up every dollar they could in order to bid on a potential free agent. Perhaps they were interested in Texans TE Garrett Graham, who fits the H-back / Move TE profile that Trestman would like to incorporate into the offense. Graham resigned with the Texans today, which may have led to the Bears bringing Rosario back. Just a theory.

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The Bears acquired Rosario from the Cowboys for their 2014 7th round pick at the end of the preseason last year. Rosario was a valuable run-blocking tight end who played 15 games for the Bears last season and will probably fill a similar role in 2014. He wasn’t much of a factor in the passing game with only 1 catch for 13 yards.

I don’t think the Bears are done at TE.  I mentioned earlier that they were looking for an H-back / Move TE to compliment Bennett and I expect them to either draft one in the late rounds, bring in a UFA or possibly sign one in free agency though there aren’t many left (Ed Dickson, Jermichael Finley, Dustin Keller). The Bears were forced to use tackle Eben Britton at TE at times last year when Martellus Bennett was injured. The Bears should have enough depth at the position in 2014 to avoid that happening again. They also have TE Fendi Onobun under contract after he spent last year on the practice squad. Onobon struggled with drops in the 2013 preseason, but got high praise from the coaching staff for his work on the practice squad and could be ready to make a run for the H-back / Move TE spot in 2014.

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  • Charles Spencer King

    Pretty good theory……