Matt Spaeth TE PIT 3 Months
Bears released TE Matt Spaeth.
It's a move that could be seen coming from a mile away after the Bears signed Martellus Bennett. Spaeth had a $500,000 roster bonus due on Thursday. A pure blocker with just 49 catches in six years, Spaeth's market will be slow developing.
Matt Spaeth TE PIT 5 Months
Bears TE Matt Spaeth will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Friday.
Spaeth said the clean-up is "no big deal" and that he would "be good to go in no time" for offseason workouts. The Bears will look to upgrade at the position this offseason. Spaeth's roster spot is in jeopardy with a new coaching staff coming in.
Matt Spaeth TE PIT Feb 09 '12
Bears TE Matt Spaeth's roster spot is in question this offseason.
A blocking specialist likely brought in at former OC Mike Martz's behest, Spaeth no longer fits the offense. His $1.875 million salary can be used to re-sign Kellen Davis or make a push for a free agent such as Martellus Bennett.
Matt Spaeth TE PIT Aug 02 '11
The Bears plan to use new TE Matt Spaeth as a sixth lineman in jumbo packages.
They'll expect zero receiving production at tight end this year. "Now we can block defensive ends with tight ends," said position coach Mike DeBord. "We can pass protect. It helps all the way around, short yardage, goal line." Spaeth is drawing comparisons to ex-Bear Jim Covert, who was an offensive tackle.
Matt Spaeth TE PIT Jul 28 '11
Bears agreed to terms with TE Matt Spaeth, formerly of the Steelers.
A decent blocker with no after-the-catch ability, Spaeth never developed as the Steelers had hoped. He'll likely be limited to a blocking duties under coordinator Mike Martz. The Bears now have Greg Olsen, Brandon Manumaleuna, Kellen Davis, and Spaeth on the roster. This signing does nothing to quiet the Olsen trade talk.