Bears sign TE Matthew Mulligan to one year deal

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    Bears add TE Mulligan, WR Bellamy
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    By Larry Mayer

    The Bears on Tuesday agreed to terms with tight end Matthew Mulligan on a one-year contract and claimed receiver Josh Bellamy off waivers from the Redskins.

    Mulligan spent his first five NFL seasons with the Jets (2009-11), Rams (2012) and Patriots (2013), catching 16 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns while appearing in 65 games with 24 starts.

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    The 6-4, 267-pounder entered the NFL with the Dolphins in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Maine. He spent time on the practice squads of the Dolphins, Titans and Jets before making his NFL debut in 2009. Mulligan was also with the Packers last preseason.

    Last season Mulligan appeared in 15 games with four starts for the Patriots, catching two passes for 16 yards. He has also played in six postseason games, catching one pass for six yards.

    Mulligan, who turned 29 in January, is one of five tight ends on the Bears roster, joining Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller,Fendi Onobun and Dante Rosario.

    Bellamy has appeared in eight NFL games, all as a reserve, in two seasons with the Chiefs (2012), Chargers (2013) and Redskins (2013). The 6-foot, 206-pounder averaged 20.2 yards on five kickoff returns with Kansas City in 2012, but has yet to catch a pass in a regular-season game.

    Bellamy, who will turn 25 in May, entered the league with the Chiefs in 2012 as an undrafted free agent from Louisville. As a senior, he caught 24 passes for 280 yards and two TDs.

    Bellamy is one of eight receivers on the Bears roster, joining Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Domenik Hixon,Marquess Wilson, Eric Weems, Chris Williams and Terrence Toliver.
     
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    Welcome to Mully...our newest member of the Spaeth-Maneri brigade.
     
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    Oh good, I was hoping for a Mulligan. I never know where that first drive of the year is gonna go.
     
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    It's a position that still needs to be addressed, but I have a feeling Trestman and Co. think Oh-no-bum has a place on this roster.
     
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    Only 25 more teams on Mulligan's to-do list...
     
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    We have no depth behind Bennett for a cathcing TE.
    Onobun is the only one that is supposed to be in that mold, and he dropped everything in preseason last year, sure hope he gets better, but that part of the game is typically something that you have or you don't.

    Davis never got better, I'm worried Onobun is the same guy.
     
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    One thing I've noticed about Cutler, is that if a guy drops too many passes, then he's dead to him. It's like he's not on the field. Onobun will get a fair chance to show he's improved, in training camp this year. But if he still is dropping passes, it doesn't matter if he makes the roster or not because Jay won't even fart in his general direction. It's over. Someone will mention that B.Marsh has his drops too, but he more than makes up for it with spectacular plays all season long.......and some of his drops are when he's covered heavily and Jay chucks the ball into the crowd hoping Marshall can come up with it. But Onobun isn't a B.Marsh.
     
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    Without a doubt, I remember that a WR (can not remember who it was)was catching the ball one handed and Jay lit him up .
    I think that is both a selfish and smart thing to do on Cutlers part.
     
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    The thing is that Onobun was lighting it up in the OTA and in camp last year and we all read that. It was in the preseason games where he became very inconsistent. He made a few nice blocks and made a couple of difficult catches but then drops a sure TD pass and a handful of key 3rd down tosses and poof. All the good disappears just like that. You can't have a guy like that playing.

    But they did keep him around so maybe they feel it was a combination of nerves, a lack of focus, or he still adjusting to the game having played very little of it in college. So far his cumulative pro experience has been little more than if he'd have been a 3rd string TE for fours year in college as opposed to a first string BB player. He's not totally without hope......yet.

    I think they'll give him one more honest shot at making the team this year but I also think that if they don't find a gem of a rookie somewhere then Emery will consider some of the other vets who are still without deals later on. There isn't a huge need to worry about it right now. He has his starter and he has prospects for the backup spots so they'll see how that goes before doing more.
     
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    I see this type thing every year at camp. There are guys who look stellar at a position (not just at TE or WR) and you think they're going to be great playing for the Bears. Too many times in the past I have come back from camp and posted to the messageboard (this one, and before that the CBMB) and rave about them.

    Then when it REALLY counts, in games, they look completely different.

    I see this every year. One guy who was the "poster boy" for this was Kellen Davis in years past. Man, that guy looked like a Pro Bowl talent at camp. Then in games would grow hands of stone. So now if I see a guy lighting it up in camp, I just enjoy the show, but tell myself it means nothing definitive. The guy could go on to be good, or he could be a bum. You just don't know.

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