It appears free agent tight end Matthew Mulligan will be taking his talents to the Windy City in 2014, with Nick Underhill of MassLive.com reporting that Mulligan has signed with the Chicago Bears.
Mulligan leaves New England having made two receptions in 2013, including one for a touchdown during their week four win down in Atlanta over the Falcons. The local native and University of Maine standout filled in admirably during Rob Gronkowski’s absences, often times as a blocking tight end in the Patriots’ offense.
Unfortunately having lost both of their dynamic tight ends in recent years to either injury or jail, New England may be planning on addressing that position in the upcoming draft and Mulligan may have elected to try and move on to a different city where he could potentially get more playing time.
For now the 29-year old joins a crowded group as he’s one of five tight ends on the Bears roster, which includes Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller,Fendi Onobun and Dante Rosario. As it stands currently the Patriots have Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, and D.J. Williams. One would have to believe that will likely change in the coming months, especially with Gronkowski coming off of offseason knee surgery as the Patriots look to add depth at that position.