Bears, TE Davis agree to two-year deal

March, 14, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Tight end Kellen Davis is back in the fold, after agreeing to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday evening.

Davis was scheduled to make at least three free-agent visits, but in the end, he decided to return to the franchise that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL draft.

A full-time starter for the first time in his career last season, Davis caught 18 passes for 206 yards and five touchdown. But in fairness, that was under former offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who does not feature tight ends in the passing game.

Davis is an above average run-blocker and an exceptional athlete, who Bears head coach Lovie Smith praised in the past.

Perhaps Davis will be used more in a pass-catching role under new offensive coordinator Mike Tice, an idea Smith seemed to hint at last month at the NFL Combine.

"I would say that all eight years I've been here the tight end needs to be a big part of what we do," Smith said. "We plan on doing that. And as far as coming out this year, there are only so many receivers you can throw the ball to. You can choose to make it your wide receiver. Or you can make it your running back or your tight end. But there are only so many guys, there are only so many passes to go around. You have to be smart with how you distribute those."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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