Robert Tonyan has spent his entire five-year NFL career with the Packers.
A free agent this offseason, Tonyan has reportedly decided to stay in the NFC North in 2023 this Thursday. He won’t be playing for the Packers, though, and instead, he appears to have joined one of Green Bay’s biggest rivals.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported today that Tonyan and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year deal.
Bears are signing former Packers’ TE Robert Tonyan to a one-year deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2023
Tonyan, 28, was an undrafted free agent signing of the Lions back in 2017. After failing to see the field for the first 12 weeks of his rookie campaign, Tonyan joined the Packers in December and spent the final four weeks that season on Green Bay’s practice squad.
After a four- and ten-catch second and third season in the league, Tonyan broke out in a big way in 2020. He logged 52 receptions for 586 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in his third year with the Packers. Tonyan’s receiving yardage and touchdown total from 2020 still remain career-highs to this day.
While Tonyan did set a new career-best in receptions this past season (53), his yardage output and touchdowns did not follow. He posted 470 receiving yards and just two touchdowns in 2022.
Expect Tonyan to compete with Bears tight end Cole Kmet for looks in Chicago’s offense next season. It’s unclear what role the tight end position will play in the new-look Bears offense which, finally, will feature a game-wrecking receiver in former Panther D.J. Moore.
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Publish Date:2023-03-17 07:29:35