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In moving forward with Dion Sims, the Bears will keep a mix of skillsets at tight end

In moving forward with Dion Sims, the Bears will keep a mix of skillsets at tight end
Published On: Sun, Mar 18
Oct 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Dion Sims (88) gains yardage against the Minnesota Vikings during a game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

When the Bears signed Trey Burton to a four-year contract worth a reported $32 million (with $18 million of it guaranteed), the natural thought was this: So long, Dion Sims. But the Bears are all but certainly going to hang on to the 27-year-old tight end after his $4 million roster bonus became fully guaranteed on Friday, barring a trade.

We like Dion Sims, a well-rounded tight end, general manager Ryan Pace said on Thursday. Were excited we got him.

Cynically " or, perhaps, fairly " Paces comments couldve been interpreted as part of a play to trade Sims, who signed a three-year contract in 2017. The Bears saw Sims as a strong run blocker with pass-catching upside, but still gave themselves an out after one year that wouldve netted $5.666 million in cap savings.

Sims didnt show any of that receiving upside last year, though, catching 15 of 29 targets (51 percent) for 180 yards with one touchdown. Crucially, the Bears have the cap space to keep Sims, even with the flurry of signings theyve announced this week -- and Kyle Fuller's reported four-year, $56 million extension -- and contract extensions looming for Eddie Goldman and possibly Adrian Amos, too.

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