Reid's Career With Bears Likely Over

The Bears may have been in the market for a tight end, but now it appears they will most certainly be on the lookout. Gabe Reid, the team's third-string tight end and occasional backup fullback was not tendered a contract as a restricted free agent. He is now free to sign with any club and has most likely played his last game in a Bears uniform.

Speculation continues that the Chicago Bears are in the market for a tight end in this April's NFL Draft, and after this past weekend's activity - or non-activity - that appears all the more likely.

Gabe Reid, the third-string tight end and special teams performer, originally came to the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Brigham Young. But after just two seasons in Chicago, the team chose not to make him a tender offer as a restricted free agent. Reid is now an unrestricted free agent and eligible to sign with any club.

Reid was credited with just four receptions for 38 yards this in 2006. However, he did prove valuable with his ability to double as a fullback from time to time. The Bears make a habit of keeping only one fullback active on game day, so Reid saw some time in the backfiled when Jason McKie battled a late-season ankle injury.

The Bears now only have two tight ends on the roster. Starter Desmond Clark had a career year with 45 catches for 626 yards and six touchdowns. Backup John Gilmore is primarily a blocker and only caught six passes for 38 yards this past season, but he did catch two TDs in Week 2 against Detroit.

Greg Olsen of Miami is considered to be the best tight end available in next month's draft, although he may off the board when the Bears select at No. 31 overall after a very impressive performance at the NFL Combine.

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