Michael Gaines, the tight end who was cut loose last week by the Detroit Lions, will visit the Bears on Monday, according to a league source.
Gaines was released after Detroit drafted Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew in the first round and then took Maryland's Dan Gronkowski in round seven. He visited the New York Jets on Wednesday and left without receiving a contract offer.
Gaines started six games last season in Detroit, his only season with the Lions. As one of the final additions of the Matt Millen regime, Gaines signed a $10 million, four-year contract in March 2008 of which reportedly $3 million was guaranteed. It's unlikely the Bears would offer anything close to that.
The Bears can get a scouting report on Gaines from former Lions coach Rod Marinelli. We broke down why the Bears might be seeking a blocking tight end earlier today.
The Bears have four tight ends on their roster and typically take five to training camp. Gaines would be more than a camp body though. He's considered a good in-line blocker and the Bears could be seeking someone to push Kellen Davis who is heading into his second year after making a nominal impact as a rookie. Gaines, who is 6-4, 277 pounds, also has some receiving skills. Stay tuned.