Veteran tight end John Gilmore worked to negotiate a contract with the Bears this week.
When efforts failed, he turned to free agency and the interest he received bowled him over Thursday night.
Gilmore is en route to Tampa, Fla., where he will sign a three-year contract with the Buccaneers tonight.
You can add a blocking tight end to the Bears' growing list of needs.
``I’m pumped up,’’ Gilmore said. ``Free agency is one of those things where the unknown kills you. You’re waiting around and the fact that it hit when it did, it’s great. The one team I was most interested in stepped up to the plate and this is a no-brainer. I’m not going there to visit. I’m going to sign. I enjoyed my time im Chicago. The city and the fans always embraced me and I wish them well. I’m going to keep doing what I do. I’m just glad I’ve got something done.’’