Here is the second of eight positional breakdowns of the Chicago Bears' offseason roster following the NFL draft.
Position: Tight end
Notable subtractions: None
Summary: Everything at tight end hinges on Martellus Bennett (pictured), who missed the first five weeks of the voluntary offseason program because of a contract dispute. Bennett wants more money after leading all NFL tight ends in receptions (90) last season, but Chicago is unlikely to honor Bennett’s request. With two years left on his existing contract, Bennett’s best course of action is probably to play for the Bears in 2015 and try again next offseason; unless the Bears can trade the Pro Bowl tight end sometime before training camp. After Bennett, there is a noticeable drop-off on the depth chart. Dante Rosario, a seven-year NFL veteran, caught 16 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears in 2014. Rosario figures to make the team since he played for Bears head coach John Fox in Carolina (2007-2010), but Rosario only has 32 career starts. Rosario is a quality reserve, but probably not a full-time starter by design. Pascoe, a former starter for the New York Giants, was added to the mix presumably to be a blocking tight end. Originally an undrafted rookie free agent out of Boston College, Pantale appeared in the Jets’ final five games in 2014 but did not catch a pass. He contributed mostly on special teams. The most intriguing prospect is Zach Miller, who looked like a lock to make the 53-man roster last summer until he suffered a season-ending injury. After Bennett, Miller might be the best pass-catcher of the group. Overall, the Bears have eight tight ends on their 90-man offseason roster. Bennett’s absence has allowed the coaching staff to get a better feel for the seven other tight ends participating in the voluntary offseason workouts, but until Bennett’s situation is resolved, the Bears have to feel somewhat uneasy about the position.