We’re two games into the 2019 NFL regular season and there’s one thing that’s clear: The Chicago Bears lack a quality starter at the tight end position. Over the last few years, general manager Ryan Pace has addressed the tight end position via the NFL Draft or the free agency market however Pace has yet to use the trade market to improve the tight end position.

Over the next few weeks, with the trade deadline approaching quickly, the Bears have an opportunity to trade for a tight end. However, what the Bears cannot do is just trade for any player that becomes available. The focus should be on finding a young player with upside that can be effective in Matt Nagy’s system.

Currently, tight end is the weakest position on the Bears roster. Adam Shaheen is in his third year as a pro and has yet to prove that he can be a guy who can be a part of the Bears offense. Then there’s the veteran Trey Burton, who spent all offseason rehabbing from surgery and missed all of OTA’s and training camp. In other words, Burton’s reliability has been a major issue, especially for an offense that relies so heavily on the tight end position.

Between now and October 29th, things could certainly change. Burton and Shaheen could end up turning things around quickly and emerge as top tier playmakers in the Bears offense. However, if now, the Bears have two second-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. This means that Pace should seriously consider using one of them if it means acquiring a tight end via trade.

One name that the Bears could possibly trade for Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki. In just his second season with the Dolphins, Gesicki has been one of the few bright spots as a receiving tight end for the Dolphins offense so far. The 6-foot-6 target has averaged 14 yards per reception through two games in 2019.

Considering the Dolphins are undergoing an extensive rebuild and are looking to accumulate as many draft picks as possible, one of the Bears second-round picks could be enough to convince the Dolphins brass to trade Gesicki. In terms of financials, Gesicki is under contract until the end of 2021 NFL season. This means that the Bears would acquire a player who is set to make just under $760,000 dollars in 2019. While this cap hit will increase between now and 2021, Gesicki will still be relatively affordable for the Bears.


Time is running out for the Bears to figure out the tight end position. Shaheen has yet to be a consistent part of the offense while Burton simply cannot stay on the field due to health reasons. At some point, the Bears need to begin thinking about how to address the tight end position and trading for a guy like Mike Gesicki could help solve the problem.