Bears sign Jimmy Graham to a two-year, $16 million contract

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The Chicago Bears came into the NFL offseason looking for a new tight end. Greg Olsen was their first target, but he ended up signing with the Seattle Seahawks. Then, they were expected to pursue Austin Hooper, but he signed with the Cleveland Browns soon after free agency opened.

Now, the Bears have found their tight end. According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chicago has agreed to a two-year deal with veteran tight end Jimmy Graham.

Graham is an intriguing addition for the Bears, especially since he played the last two seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He showed flashes of having something left, but there was too much inconsistency for the Packers to keep him at $10 million for 2020.

Last season with the Packers, Graham caught 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns. They weren’t big numbers, but they weren’t horrible either.

Chicago will not be looking at Graham as the savior of their franchise. They are going to bring him in as a security blanket for Mitchell Trubisky. Graham can certainly be that still, even if he isn’t a star like he once was.

At 33 years old, Graham is entering the final stages of his career. The Bears are taking a risk on a big body who can put up decent numbers. Hopefully, he can resurrect his career a bit in Matt Nagy’s offense.

Expect to see the Bears stay active this offseason. Graham is a solid addition, but they need to do more if they want to compete in the stacked NFC.