Chicago Bears Free Agent Target #5: Ross Dwelley, TE
The Chicago Bears just need reliable depth at the tight end position. Cole Kmet has flashed potential, but he can’t be the only tight end in the room, especially when you have a young quarterback. Tight ends are the safety net underneath for mobile quarterbacks to look for out of the pocket, so the Bears need to add more here.
Ross Dwelley is far from a flashy signing, but he would fit the bill in Chicago. He hasn’t missed a game over the last three years, providing a reliable depth option for the position. He’s also just 27-years old, meaning there’s still plenty of time for him to progress. Not to mention, he’s cheap.
Dwelley has hovered between the $1-2 million range per season over his career, which is very much so in the price range of the cap-strapped Bears front office. Having played behind George Kittle, there hasn’t been a ton of opportunities for Dwelley to shine, so perhaps there’s some untapped talent there as well when given a bigger role.
In college at San Diego, Dwelley set the school record for career receptions by a tight end (197), career receiving yards by a tight end (2,305) and career touchdowns by a tight end (26). He has the talent, he just needs the opportunity and Chicago can provide that.