Bears sign TE Dante Rosario to one-year deal


The Chicago Bears re-signed veteran free agent tight end Dante Rosario to a one-year contact, the team announced Thursday.

Rosario has extensive history with new Bears head coach John Fox dating to the Carolina Panthers (2007-10) and Denver Broncos (2011).

Since the Bears acquired Rosario in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, the eight-year veteran has started six games with 17 receptions for 129 yards.

Rosario finished sixth on the Bears in catches (16) last season and contributed two tackles on special teams.

For his career, Rosario has caught 116 passes for 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns in 32 starts.

After adding Rosario, the Bears now have five tight ends under contract: incumbent starter Martellus Bennett and potential reserves Zach Miller, Jacob Maxwell and Blake Annen.

The Bears reportedly tried to sign another free-agent tight end with ties to Fox, Denver's Virgil Green, but Green decided to return to the Broncos on a three-year contract worth $8.4 million with $4.2 million in guarantees.