The Bears on Thursday agreed to a deal with free agent tight end Dion Sims, according to multiple sources.
Sims, a four-year veteran of the Miami Dolphins, is mostly an inline blocker whom the team signed to complement pass-catching Zach Miller in the tight ends room. Sims started 11 games last year — the same amount he started his first three seasons combined — and he caught 26 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns.
The Bears are hoping Sims will solidify the run game for Jordan Howard next year while also contributing in select formations in the passing game. Given Miller’s shaky injury history, Sims could see more time than initially planned.