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Bears Ink Veteran Tight End Michael Gaines

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The Bears made a signing on Monday, coming to terms with free agent TE Michael Gaines on a one-year contract. Gaines came into the league in 2004 as a 7th round draft choice of the Panthers, and had 79 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns with the Panthers (2004-06), Bills (2007) and Lions (2008) in 73 games, 41 of which were starts.

Last season, he had 23 receptions for a career-high 260 yards and a touchdown in 16 games with the 0-16 Lions. He’s known more as a blocking tight end and the Bears now have five tight ends under contract. Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen are expected to see the majority of snaps at the position again this season with Gaines and second-year pro Kellen Davis pushing for the No. 3 role.

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