Chicago Bears: 5 worst free agent signings by Ryan Pace

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Dion Sims

It seems that Ryan Pace really struggles when it comes to the tight end position. Trey Burton is on this list and now Dion Sims. This does not account for Adam Shaheen, a tight end that Pace drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. If not for locking up some other talent in that draft, Pace would probably be out of a job.

The Bears signed Sims to a three-year, $18 million dollar contract. He was brought in to be the Y-tight end in Matt Nagy’s offense. He was to be kept on the line more often and used as a blocking tight end. The problem here is that Sims was unable to block or catch for the Bears.

Sims was coming off a somewhat productive season for the Miami Dolphins in 2016. Sims caught 26 balls for 256 yards and four touchdowns. Pace saw what he thought was untapped potential from a tight end who was a backup in Miami. Sounds very familiar to what he saw in Burton and both have not worked out. Well, at least Burton had a few good games. Sims has always been awful in blue and orange.

Sims only played in eight games for the Bears in 2018. He caught two of his four targets for nine yards. He never found his way in the end zone. Sims was cut and allowed the Bears to save $6 million in cap space last year. The signing was awful and the team gave away $12 million for basically nothing.