The Bears busy Sunday continues with the signing of veteran tight end Logan Paulsen, formerly of the Washington Redskins. Paulsen, 29, was signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent back in 2010 and has spent his entire career in Washington.
He missed all of the 2015 season with a toe injury and was released yesterday due to a very deep depth chart at tight end in Washington (Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Vernon Davis). Prior to the 2015 season Paulsen had been a valuable contributor for the Redskins, appearing in all but 5 games from 2010-2014 with 42 starts.
Paulsen is known primarily for his blocking skills, but has proven to be a solid receiver as well with 79 catches, 801 yards, and 6 touchdowns. At 6’5, 268 pounds Paulsen has the size to be an in-line blocker and with 4.79 speed moves well enough to be a factor in the passing game. He’s not a burner but does have a career average of 10.1 yards per catch.
Paulsen is a clear upgrade at tight end over the untested Khari Lee and Greg Scruggs, who is playing tight end for the first time in the NFL. To make room on the roster for Paulsen the Bears released TE Khari Lee who will probably end up on the practice squad.
It’s a solid move for the Bears and improves their talent and experience at the tight end position. Hopefully the Bears can keep Lee on the practice squad as they traded a 6th round pick for him last season. It’s already been a busy day for the Bears as I covered earlier this morning. Hopefully they have one more singing on the way as Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton is meeting with the team today.