BBAO: Bears interested in TE Zach Ertz

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Would the Chicago Bears draft a tight end in the first round even after signing veteran Martellus Bennett to a four-year, $20 million free agent contract?

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShayInsider thinks so, and has continued to give them Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in his mock drafts. Meanwhile, ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright reports the Bears are strongly interested in Stanford tight end Zach Ertz. According to Wright, Ertz is "very much in play" for the Bears.

Bears general manager Phil Emery said this offseason that he wanted to improve the tight end position. The Bears have moved on from Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth, signing Bennett and Steve Maneri in free agency, but I suppose that swap wouldn't preclude drafting a skilled pass-receiving tight end if Emery values one strongly.

The Bears have more important needs in other positions, but immediate need is not always the top priority in making draft decisions.

Continuing around the NFC North: