After not addressing tight end in the draft, the Bears signed two players at the position. Oregon’s Timothy Day and Auburn’s Cooper Wallace will compete with Desmond Clark, John Gilmore and Gabe Reid.
“It’s not an indictment on the tight ends we have, the same guys we had last year, we want to create more competition at all positions,” said general manager Jerry Angelo.
“We signed two good college free agents who come from great programs, we liked them, our scouts liked them very much.”
There will also be competition in the kicking game. Louisiana-Monroe punter Joel Stelly will battle incumbent Brad Maynard, while
Robbie Gould will go up against a fellow Big Ten kicker. Ohio State placekicker Josh Huston pursued the Bears after going undrafted.
“We had him No. 1,” Angelo said. “Really didn’t do much recruiting. He called us and said this is where I want to be, so right now we have some pretty good competition going on right there. We like his confidence.”
The other undrafted free agents are Bowling Green RB P.J. Pope, Northwestern WR Mark Philmore, Notre Dame OL Mark Levoir, Miami OL Tyler McMeans, Miami (OH) OL Nate Bunce, Louisville OL Travis Leffew, Ohio CB Dion Byrum, California S Donnie McCleskey and Texas Tech S Dwayne Slay.
Even though there are more than 80 players currently on the roster, Angelo isn’t done looking for talent.
“After the draft some teams upgraded positions and they might for whatever reason, cap or whatever, want to move in another direction,” Angelo said. “When you have 10 new head coaching changes that means 10 new offenses, 10 new defenses, so that will be something we continue to look at.”