Chicago Bears: 3 tight ends who could replace Jimmy Graham
The Chicago Bears could sign Tyler Eifert
Why not bring in a guy who is already familiar with both Bill Lazor and Andy Dalton. Should Dalton get the starting nod in Week 1 as I suspect he will, having Tyler Eifert to throw to could make his life all that much easier.
While in Cincinnati, Eifert proved to be one of the better pass-catching tight ends in the NFL. His only downfall has been his injuries. The Jaguars took a chance on him last year and he put together a decent season all things considered.
Eifert played in 15 games for the Jaguars last season and started in four. He saw 60 targets and caught 36 of them for 349 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdown numbers are a concern as Jimmy Graham caught eight of them for Chicago last season. However, we need to remember just how poorly the Jaguars played in 2020. This is why they had the first overall pick and why they drafted Clemson standout, Trevor Lawrence.
The situation at tight end in Chicago this year is already different than last year. Last year, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy revamped the tight end room by signing Graham and drafting Cole Kmet. Kmet saw his role expand as the season progressed and is now the starter. Pairing the Kmet with fellow, former Notre Dame alumn, Tyler Eifert could make for a solid pairing in 2021. The Bears should be able to sign Eifert to a one or two-year deal worth no more than $5 million in AAV.