The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with TE Desmond Clark on a one-year contract on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. Since joining the Bears in 2003, Clark ranks ninth in team history with 242 receptions. His 2,639 receiving yards ranks 20th in Bears annals and his 18 touchdown receptions are tied for 18th. Clark has appeared in 110 contests with 99 starts for Chicago. In 12 previous NFL seasons with Denver (1999-2001), Miami (2002) and Chicago (2003-10), Clark has appeared in 162 games with 105 starts, recording 323 receptions for 3,591 yards (11.1 ypc) with 27 touchdowns.
Although many – myself included – had already crossed Dez off the Bears list to bring back in 2011, the team decided to pursue the fan-favorite, who did not appear to be highly coveted in free agency. Clark was inactive on game-day most of the regular season in 2010, but the Bears likely got him to agree on a significant pay-cut. Having already released Brandon Manumaleuna and traded Greg Olsen, the team decided it was in their best interest to retain the veteran tight end for at least one more season.
The Bears also waived rookie free agent safety K.J. Gerard to make room for Clark, and later TE Draylen Ross. The team is currently at 89 of the 90-man roster max.
You can catch up on the team’s previous roster moves here.