Bears re-sign Rob Housler

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There’s some uncertainty about what the tight end position will look like for the Bears this season with word of their willingness to trade Martellus Bennett while Zach Miller is a free agent who reportedly met with the Rams on Sunday.

One thing that is certain is that Rob Housler will remain on the roster. The team announced that Housler has signed a one-year deal to remain with the team.

Housler joined the Bears in December after Bennett was placed on injured reserve due to injured ribs. He played four games and caught three passes for 27 yards. Housler opened last season as a member of the Browns and played six games for Cleveland, but had just one catch as Gary Barnidge took the top spot on the depth chart at tight end. Housler was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury before being released.

Should Miller and/or Bennett leave, there will be other moves at the position this offseason as Housler, Khari Lee and Gannon Sinclair aren’t likely to hold things down to the team’s satisfaction.

5 responses to “Bears re-sign Rob Housler

  1. The trade market for Marty B seems to be nil and there are some good reasons for that. I’m curious to see if Ryan Pace is ultimately willing to take the hit of cutting him outright (with no real replacement available via either draft or FA), or if both sides will grit their teeth and get through one more season together.

  2. I have some hope for Lee and Sinclair, but not as anything more than depth guys. Sinclair has the size to be an effective blocking TE, and Lee can function as a move TE that can line up in the backfield as well as in traditional looks.

    However, this is going to be a weak spot based on how the draft looks if Bennett is moved. None of the guys on the roster can be anything more than role players. I could see the Bears using more 3 WR looks, or maybe bringing in a fullback/H-Back in the draft or UDFA to manage the position. White, Jeffery, and Royal could be an effective 3 WR package for the offense. We could be seeing a lot more extra linemen in goal line (Umrein at FB, backup T or G at TE) to get those tough yards without an effective TE group.

  3. @joefelicelli I hear you, bro. One thing I’ve been mulling is a scenario where Derrick Henry drops to the Bears 2nd round pick (not likely) and we take him there and turn him into a sort of H-Back/move TE guys. He has some catching ability and at 6’3 245 is practically TE size. When he gets the ball in space he is devastating to bring down 1 on 1, plus it would solve the lack of a short-yardage/goal line RB that the Bears have had for as long as I can remember.

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