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Kellen Davis stays in Chicago, signing two-year deal

Bears Kellen Davis celebrates his touchdown against the San Diego Chargers in the first half of their NFL football game in Chicago Reuters

Bears coach Lovie Smith has been wanting to keep free agent tight end Kellen Davis in Chicago because he sees untapped potential in the athletic, 6-foot-7, 262-pound specimen.

Smith’s wish has been granted by management. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports Davis has re-signed for two seasons.

Davis was drawing interest from the Bengals, Cowboys, and Steelers. Only the Bears could offer him a surefire starting job.

Look for Davis’ production to increase in new Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice’s scheme. Tight ends rarely caught passes under ex-coordinator Mike Martz.

Davis was the No. 95 overall player on our Hot 100.

UPDATE 8:03 p.m. ET:  A source with knowledge of the deal tells PFT that Davis will receive a $2.7 million signing bonus, a $700,000 base salary, and a $100,000 workout bonus in 2012.  He’ll receive a $2.4 million base salary and a $100,000 workout bonus in 2013.  That’s a total of two years, $6 million.

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20 Responses to “Kellen Davis stays in Chicago, signing two-year deal”
  1. 77az says: Mar 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    Great signing. The guy is a beast.

  2. godofware says: Mar 14, 2012 7:36 PM

    Damn! Wanted him to sign with the Cowboys.

  3. greenpacker says: Mar 14, 2012 7:39 PM

    Big, prototypical dual threat TE, lacks consistency

  4. spytdi says: Mar 14, 2012 7:41 PM

    No Marty B or Kellen D. We’ll have to draft a TE in the 6th round that can block while Witten is knocking down cheerleaders and grabbing some boob.

  5. m00se78 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:48 PM

    I gotta believe this had more to do with John Carlson going to Minnesota than the Bears wanting to keep him.

  6. chibears5 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:48 PM

    So glad the Bears re-signed this guy. No tight ends left in free agency and not much in the Draft so this should have been an easier decision to make than it apparently was.

  7. dino2997 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:49 PM

    He has been inconsistent at best and basically got a free pass due to being in the Martz system. Hopefully he realizes his full potential.

  8. LilTmac2003 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:49 PM

    He isn’t too bad.

    Personally, I’d rather have him than Greg Olsen.

    Don’t get me wrong, Olsen was a phenomenal player and could catch the ball, but he couldn’t block at all.

    Mike Tice’s offense revolves around the running back so they’re going to need some solid blockers — Tight Ends included.

  9. firejerry says: Mar 14, 2012 7:51 PM

    The only reason he can start in Chicago is because Jerry, the idiot, traded away a first round pick/legitimate pass catching tight end who had an established relationship with Cutler for a third round pick!!!!! Jerry I am so happy you have taken your place with Matt Millon in a tie for worst GM ever!!!!!

  10. randolph32 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:51 PM

    Beast? Let’s see if he can at least get an opportunity to be ‘serviceable’ first, then we’ll worry about turning him into a beast….geesh, he’s not the second coming, yet.

  11. firejerry says: Mar 14, 2012 7:52 PM

    He is better than nothing…..

  12. firejerry says: Mar 14, 2012 7:53 PM

    Duh !!! The only reason he can start in Chicago is because Jerry, the idiot, traded away a first round pick/legitimate pass catching tight end who had an established relationship with Cutler for a third round pick!!!!! Jerry I am so happy you have taken your place with Matt Millon in a tie for worst GM ever!!!!!

  13. writersrstupid says: Mar 14, 2012 8:02 PM

    whoooooooooooooooooooo lol just like that jennings guy lol all i have to say is whoooo! lol

  14. 77az says: Mar 14, 2012 8:04 PM

    He is a great blocker. Check out his youtube clips vs Philly

  15. troybulletinboard says: Mar 14, 2012 8:05 PM

    Kellen is good, just never got a chance behind Olsen and then in the Martz “O-Playbook.” If he gets an opportunity, he should be able to produce. NOW sign a LT so we can leave MAXIMUM flexibility for the 1st rd pick.

  16. bigernmccracken says: Mar 14, 2012 8:08 PM

    I’m happy to hear about this resigning. Large athletic tight ends in this league are coveted, and while I do concede he still has a heck of a lot to prove, I’d much rather have him than some 4th tier also-ran manning the TE position. I’m really happy with this and the Marshall trade, and I’d really love to see the Bears go for Hill in the draft (I don’t see Floyd falling to the Bears at 19 now).

  17. cheezhead5 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:19 PM

    Bears suck!!!!!!! And always will with a clay Aiken look alike as qb

  18. briggsisbrokeagain says: Mar 14, 2012 8:23 PM

    Good deal, inexpensive with a good upside if you throw it to him, unlike Martz.

  19. gshfootball says: Mar 14, 2012 9:05 PM

    greenpacker says:
    Mar 14, 2012 7:39 PM
    Big, prototypical dual threat TE, lacks consistency

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    He’s never been given a true opportunity to prove if he’s consistent or not. Those of you that say that he’s inconsistent are just reaching for something bad to say about the Bears. We’ll see what he can do.

  20. gshfootball says: Mar 14, 2012 9:17 PM

    greenpacker says:
    Mar 14, 2012 7:39 PM
    Big, prototypical dual threat TE, lacks consistency

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    Who’s Clay Aiken? Who won the NFC title game this year?

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