Chicago Bears

Bears' expensive gamble on Jimmy Graham could throw Trey Burton's job security into question

When the dust eventually settles on free agency, Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy will have a chance to articulate their plan for how veteran tight end Jimmy Graham will fit into the offense next fall.

And in some league circles, there’s a belief that the five-time Pro Bowl tight end has lost his explosion, no longer able to run and jump and break tackles the way he did in his prime.

Graham’s arrival also might not be a good sign for Burton, who missed the Bears’ playoff loss in January 2019 with a groin injury that popped up a day before the game.

That was a period in which Graham evolved from a raw talent who played four years of basketball at the University of Miami into one of the league’s most dominant tight ends.

And it’s problematic that after making previous hefty investments in tight ends Burton, Shaheen and Dion Sims, the Bears still are trying to stabilize the position.

But Graham’s skill set and track record gave the Bears enough belief to invest in his potential, with the hope he can be a major factor in enlivening an offense that needs help.

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