The Bears did not get a tight end in the draft but that does not mean they are not looking around for one.
According to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Bears are showing interest in veteran Michael Gaines. He could be making a visit to Halas Hall soon.
Gaines, a sixth-year pro from Central Florida, was released last week by the Detroit Lions after they spent a first-round draft pick on Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew. Detroit also selected Maryland's Dan Gronkowski.
The 6-4, 277-pounder could push Kellen Davis, a fifth-round pick a year ago, if the Bears are seeking a tight end who is primarily a blocker. Although Gaines caught 23 passes last season for 260 yards, including one touchdown, he's primarily considered an asset in the running game. He had a season-high six catches in the Lions' loss at Soldier Field last season but lost a fumble.
Gaines visited the New York Jets on Wednesday and they are seeking a complement to Dustin Keller.
The Bears rarely used Davis last season. He was active for 16 games but was on the field for just 40 snaps over the course of the season. That is a sharp reduction from how the team used third tight end John Gilmore in 2007. That season Gilmore was on the field for 149 plays.
Typically, the Bears carry five tight ends to training camp. Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen are the primary tight ends. They also have Fontel Mines on the roster. He has spent most of the last two seasons on the practice squad. The team brought two tight ends in for the rookie minicamp this past weekend but did not sign one.