Bears signing former Panthers RB D’Onta Foreman, ex-Packers TE Robert Tonyan
Adding offensive options for quarterback Justin Fields is still the focus of the Chicago Bears, who bring back bruises and archrival’s former tight end.
The Bears have signed former Carolina Panthers running back D’Onta Foreman and TE Robert Tonyan, the Green Bay Packers’ former archrival, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said Thursday. The team later announced one-year contracts.
According to Rapoport, Foreman’s deal is $3 million.
With David Montgomery signed by NFC’s northern rivals the Detroit Lions, Foreman will take his place as a compliment to the returning Khalil Herbert. Tonyang should pair well with tight end Cole Kmet on a familiar offense, as he and Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy spent three seasons together in Green Bay.
Together they will continue the story of the Bears supplying offensive weapons to Fields.
Although Fields was often a one-man band in 2022, there is now a new group of talented people around him who should see DJ Moore, Chase Claypool and Darnell Mooney at the receiver, Kmet and Tonyan at the tight end, and Foreman and Herbert on the run. back.
The 28-year-old Tonyang exploded with 11 touchdowns in 2020 as well as 586 receiving yards. However, his next season was cut short due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. While he may have disappointed fantasy fans in 2022, he was still productive, with 53 catches, although his 470 yards and two touchdowns were underwhelming. He should be another solid target for Fields with some advantage.
Foreman is only 26 years old and could be a favorite for the Bears. In 2021, Foreman showed some potential in a 566-yard season, but he really pulled ahead last year.
After the Panthers traded Christian McCaffrey, Foreman shone at full capacity. In 17 games (nine starts), the assertive Foreman set career highs with 203 carries, 914 yards, five touchdowns and 4.5 yards per carry. When Carolina signed Miles Sanders on Wednesday, Foreman’s time at Charlotte was over and he’s now starting over in Chicago.
It’s a big offseason for general manager Ryan Powles, who made a splash by trading first overall pick to the Panthers in exchange for a bunch of draft picks and Moore.
Now he continues to pile up offensive options for Fields.