The Bears retained one of their own unsigned players for the third time in two days Wednesday, agreeing to a two-year contract with unrestricted free agent tight end Kellen Davis.
The 6-7, 267-pounder has appeared in all 64 games with 20 starts in four seasons since arriving in 2008 as a fifth-round draft pick from Michigan State, catching 28 passes for 300 yards and nine touchdowns.
Utilized predominantly as a blocker in coordinator Mike Martz’s offense last season, Davis still led the Bears with five touchdown receptions while making 18 catches for 206 yards.
With Mike Tice replacing Martz, Davis could be utilized more as a receiver. Coach Lovie Smith praised Davis the day after the 2011 season ended and addressed the tight end’s potential again last month.
“If you want to feature Kellen Davis, you can do that,” Smith told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “Great size, great blocker, in-line blocker, but he’s skilled enough as an athlete to be able to move outside and do some things. I really like him.”
Other Bears players who have re-upped with the team include cornerback Tim Jennings Tuesday and quarterback Josh McCown Wednesday.