Former Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan is heading for a rival as he agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Thursday, by ESPN.
Tonyan caught 53 passes for 470 yards and two touchdowns in 17 games played last season after tearing his ACL in 2021. He had a career year in 2020 with Aaron Rodgers, catching 52 passes for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Tonyan actually started his NFL career with another NFC North team in the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent from Indiana State. However, he was released before the start of the 2017 season. From there, the Packers added Tonyan to their practice squad. In 68 career games played, he caught 137 passes for 1,437 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The 28-year-old joins a narrow room led by Cole Kmet. While the Bears finished 2022 with the worst record in the NFL, they’re going up in the offseason. They traded the No. 1 overall pick to the Carolina Panthers for a set of picks and wide receiver DJ Moore, signed offensive guard Nate Davis, and made several big additions on defense, including linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and TJ Edwards.