The Chicago Bears have made some significant additions to their roster during the 2023 free-agency period, and have added two more. Former Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan and former Carolina Panthers running back D’Onta Foreman have both signed one-year contracts with the team.
Tonyan had a solid season with the Packers in 2022, catching 53 passes for 470 yards and two touchdowns. His rapport with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made him a desirable target for the Bears, who will pair him with second-year quarterback Justin Fields.
Tonyan originally entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie with the Detroit Lions in 2017. He spent some time on the Packers’ practice squad before making the regular-season roster in 2018. He has been with Green Bay ever since.
Foreman, on the other hand, had a career year with the Panthers in 2022, rushing for 914 yards and five touchdowns on 203 carries. The Bears were in need of a running back after losing David Montgomery in free agency to the Lions, and Foreman was a suitable replacement.
Foreman was drafted in the third round by the Houston Texans in 2017. He has also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, and Atlanta Falcons.
The addition of Foreman makes him the third key member of the 2022 Panthers’ offense to join the Bears. Former Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore and former Panthers quarterback P.J. Walker have also signed with Chicago.
The Bears are hoping that these new acquisitions will help them improve upon their 3-14 record from last season. With A quarterback in Fields coming into his own and some new weapons around him, the Bears are looking to make a push for the playoffs in the 2023 season.