Bears land old rival on offense
After finishing with the NFL’s worst record last season, the Chicago Bears are starting to look like they have a competitive team next season.
They traded the No. 1 pick in the April draft to the Carolina Panthers and received four other picks, including the No. 9 pick this year, as well as productive wide receiver DJ Moore.
Former Panthers running back D’Onta Foreman will also join the Bears, as will tight end Robert Tonyan, who spent his first five professional seasons with NFC North rival Green Bay Packers.
The Bears sign former TE Robert Tonyan from the Packers to a one-year deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2023
After recording walk numbers in his first two pro seasons, Tonyan broke out in 2020 with 56 yards and 11 touchdowns and helped the Packers reach the NFC Championship Game after posting a 13-3 regular season record. .
His numbers have dropped over the past two years, in part due to a torn ACL he suffered in 2021, but he still mustered 470 yards in 2022.
Chicago may not make the playoffs next season as the Detroit Lions are on the rise, but their prospects are starting to look up.
Tonyan, along with Moore and Foreman, could help quarterback Justin Fields begin to tap into the potential he displayed during his two seasons at Ohio State University.
Additionally, the ninth pick in next month’s draft could yield another productive player on offense if the Bears choose to go that direction.
They could also use that selection on an offensive lineman after allowing the fourth-most sacks in the entire league last season.
Bears add another intriguing player on offense