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The Latest on Jimmy Graham Coming to the Bears

martellus-bennettTight end may be the thinnest position this year in all three retrospectives of the NFL.  There is no standout TE in the draft, top free agents like Antonio Gates and Coby Fleener have already signed, and the trade market is scarce.  The Bears find themselves in a tight situation with what TE will be their starter next season.  Martellus Bennett’s attitude does not fit in Chicago, just like what we found out with Marshall. He constantly complains about his role, especially in the red-zone. He fails to see the big picture and that is not something Pace and Fox are going to tolerate.

zach-millerZach Miller had a breakout season but his inability to stay healthy and block have hurt his chances to re-sign with the team. If the Bears trade Martellus Bennett, all signs point to it, then the Bears need a readily replacement and Miller does not look to be the guy.

The Bears gave Bennett’s agent the okay to talk with other teams about trades. Seattle has come up as a potential landing spot, one place that wanted Bennett before trading for former Saint and standout TE Jimmy Graham last season.  This is still a possibility according to multiple sources and the fact that Bennett was in Seattle earlier this week points to a possible trade.

Now, rumors have come up about the Bears trading with Seattle to acquire TE Jimmy Graham.  While his name automatically gives you chills, Graham may not fit in Chicago.  Graham is still recovering from a torn patellar tendon with no timetable to return. Throughout his entire NFL career, Graham has not proved to be an effective blocker, something John Fox  values heavily in their TE’s.  So despite the excitement of possibly getting a TD machine like Graham, the Bears could go a different route and acquire a different TE off the free agent market. That guy could be Jermaine Gresham.

Jermaine-GreshamPer Adam Schefter, Jermaine Gresham did visit the Bears Thursday at Halls Hall.  No further reports have been released.

Gresham, 28, has put together a decent NFL career.  Gresham spent five seasons with the Bengals, catching 24 touchdowns, six of those coming in 2011.  The Oklahoma product has his best year in 2012 putting up a career high in receiving yards with 722 and adding 5 touchdowns. Another positive with Gresham over his seven seasons in the NFL, he has played in 14 or more games every season.  His ability to stay healthy should help him get signed despite generating low numbers last season in Arizona.

Gresham is not going to instantly spark offense production or become a playmaker, but his blocking abilities is what the Bears are looking for.  Gresham is Bennett without the attitude.

The Bears continue to shop Bennett and look to letting  Zach Miller walk, despite all his success, does not seem to be John Fox’s answer in Chicago.  His health continues to be the red flag and the money he wants is not something the Bears want to give to a thirty-two-year-old injury prone tight end.

Gresham would be a great fit in Chicago for many reasons and would fill the void at tight end. His blocking and big frame will do well for Jay Cutler as its adds more options outside of Jeffery and White. It’s not the big name like Jimmy Graham, but Gresham has the history of getting it done on a consistent basis.

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