Chicago Bears must still draft one of these tight ends

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Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears shocked most Bears fans when they cut Leonard Floyd and signed Robert Quinn. That move helps give Pace the flexibility to choose the best available players in each round.

We all know that the Chicago Bears need to address their offensive line and the quarterback position. Tight end was another area of concern. Ryan Pace addressed the tight end position by bringing in Jimmy Graham. Most fans are against this move, however, I am actually okay with it.

Fans wanted the team to spend big on Austin Hooper. I will be the first to tell you giving that contract to Hooper is not a good idea. He is not worth that contract and I would not be surprised when the Browns are looking for tight end help in two years. The Bears did not have the salary-cap space to make a move like the Browns did anyway. Not to mention, these same fans did not want the Bears to sign Eric Ebron or Tyler Eifert. Who else should Pace have signed?

Graham is older and everyone wants to say he could not do anything with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. How is he going to do anything with Mitchell Trubisky under center? Well, if you actually look throughout Rodgers’ career, he does not use the tight end position in a way that anyone would say, wow, the Packers have a great tight end. Whereas, Matt Ryan made Jacob Tamme look solid as a tight end in 2015 with 59 catches for 657 yards.

Graham is an upgrade over Trey Burton and makes this tight end room better, but he is not the only answer. The Bears currently have nine tight ends on their roster. Nine. This is starting to look like the kicking competition last year. That said, the Bears need to look at adding another one to that group. The 2020 tight end group should be made up of Jimmy Graham, Trey Burton and a rookie.

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With the addition of Robert Quinn as a pass rusher who can actually get to the quarterback, Pace can look to draft a TE as early as the second round. I am not a big fan of this tight end group, but there are a few names worth looking at early. Cole Kmet is the only second-round option in my opinion. That said, if any of these names drop to the fourth round, Pace should jump on the opportunity to draft one.

If the Chicago Bears can land one of these tight ends in the fourth or fifth round, the tight end group would look pretty good — especially after they cut Adam Shaheen.