Yesterday the Chicago Bears nabbed one of the better tight ends in free agency when they signed ex-New York Giants stud Martellus Bennet to a fresh new contract. But as the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new as the Bears have released tight end Kellen Davis to make room for Bennett and clear up some cap space.
Kellen Davis has a role in the NFL, no question, but he was miscast last season. Blame goes to coaching and front office.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 13, 2013
Davis had been a full-time starter for the past two seasons in Chicago and is a five year veteran of the NFL. However, he never really developed into the downfield threat the Bears lost when the traded away Greg Olsen a few years back and Davis’ time in Chicago has been viewed as mediocre at best.
By cutting Davis loose, the Bears will save $2.5 million, which was the tight end’s base salary for the 2013 season.
As soon as the Bears signed Bennett on Tuesday, the writing was on the wall for Davis is it hadn’t already been present before that. Chicago is looking to improve their offense as they’ve historically been a defensive team that wins games despite their lack of offense. Lovie Smith was canned as head coach for this very reason and new head coach Marc Trestman is looking to surround quarterback Jay Cutler with as much talent as possible.
Kellen Davis was not a talent that needed to be around Cutler as his numerous drops over the past two years have been a source of great frustration for Bears fans, a frustration that is no longer something Chicago has to deal with.