Bears to sign TE Spaeth

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 1:10 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bears will add another blocking tight end to their stable.

Former Steelers TE Matt Spaeth will sign with the Bears, according to a tweet from NFL Network's Michael Lombardi.

Spaeth, a fifth-year veteran, fits the mold of tight ends offensive coordinator Mike Martz likes, and the addition of Spaeth will only increase speculation that Greg Olsen will be traded.

Spaeth made only nine catches last season and played in two-TE sets with starter Heath Miller. Spaeth made 39 starts in his four seasons with the Steelers.

The way we see it

This move isn't going to please fans that want to see the Bears get more aggressive in free agency, but Spaeth can help when it comes to clearing holes for running backs and keeping Jay Cutler protected. If Olsen is dealt, the Bears will have Spaeth, Brandon Manumaleuna and Kellen Davis at tight end — the three players made a combined 15 catches last season.