5 Free Agent Tight Ends connected to Chicago Bears coaching staff

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The Chicago Bears are going to add a tight end of some sort this offseason. They invested a second-round pick in Cole Kmet, but that was a different regime, and behind Kmet is a bare tight end room. Even if they are just adding depth, there will be some fresh faces in the room.

Tight ends coach Jim Dray was an NFL player as recently as 2017. He also has had a couple of different stops along his way to being the Chicago Bears TE coach. Are there any free agent players that he has met, and may bring into rebuild his room?

5. Is Zach Ertz a fit with the Chicago Bears?

The Philadelphia Eagles traded Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals. That means that while briefly, Jim Dray was working with Zach Ertz. While it may have been brief, it apparently was memorable because when Dray was announced as the hire, Ertz took to Twitter to make his thoughts known.

This may be because they did know each other before Arizona. The two are both Stanford alums. While Dray is a few years older, he was a Senior when Ertz was a freshman. So, they go all the way back to 2010 in that regard.

Lastly, it is worth noting that Julie Ertz played soccer professionally in Chicago from 2014-2021. She is not going to play for Chicago this year, but Ertz is obviously familiar with the area and familiar with the tight-end coach. It could be somewhere that he considers, especially when you factor that his age may reduce his market.