The Bears are on the verge of completing an agreement to acquire the services of seasoned tight end Marcedes Lewis, as per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero’s report on Friday morning.
Aged 39, Lewis participated in 17 matches for the Packers in 2022, predominantly serving as a blocking tight end. He hauled in a modest 6 receptions for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns, but his prowess in carving out running lanes for his teammates has been extensively chronicle.
As Pelissero detailed in his account, Marcedes Lewis is embarking on his 18th season in the NFL, a feat that ties him with Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez for the longest career of a tight end in the league’s history. Originally selected in the first round by the Jaguars in 2006, Lewis remained with Jacksonville until 2017, amassing one Pro Bowl appearance and a second-team All-Pro nomination during that tenure. Subsequently, he spent 5 seasons with the Packers, where he coincided with current Bears personnel such as offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and fellow tight end Robert Tonyan.
Lewis joins the ranks of Tonyan and Cole Kmet in Chicago’s tight end chamber, bestowing the Bears with an abundance of versatility for multi-tight end formations. Prior to this acquisition, they lacked a solidified TE3 on the roster, implying that Lewis will be contending for a spot in the lineup.