Bears reach deal with TE Matthew Mulligan


A tight end known for his blocking is headed to Chicago.

The Bears have reached a one-year deal with Matthew Mulligan, the club announced Tuesday night. The 6-4, 267-pound Mulligan caught a combined three passes for 22 yards in regular season and postseason play for New England in 2013. Overall, he played 339 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus data.

The 29-year-old Mulligan will compete for playing time with reserves Zach Miller, Fendi Onobun and Dante Rosario. The Bears’ top tight end, Martellus Bennett, rarely comes off the field. He played 964 snaps in 2013, according to PFF.

In addition to his stint with New England, Mulligan has played for the Dolphins (2008), Titans (2008-2009), Jets (2009-2011), Rams (2012) and Packers (2013).