Tyler Kroft – TE: Kroft could be one of this season’s biggest value signings. He’s a big target 6’6″ 250 with better athleticism than one might expect. He also has a nose for the end zone catching 7 touchdowns in 17′ out of his 42 receptions.
Kroft also is a tenacious blocker and would help in both the run and passing game. He’s also young at 26 years old. By all indications he’s a tireless worker and a good teammate so he fits in with the culture the Bears are trying to build and maintain.
The biggest concern with Kroft are his hands. The past two seasons Kroft has a catch percentage below 68%. That’s obviously not good but how much of it is on him, that’s the question?
If the Bears determine most of those missed targets are not of his own doing from film study they may want to pick him up for a 3 million dollar one year prove it deal. Kroft’s a guy who can play flex (U) or inline (Y). With Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen and Kroft aboard, that should be a nice three headed monster. Bring in a rookie to push Ben Braunecker and may the best man win the most playing time.
Ty Montgomery – RB: Yes, I would love for the Bears to find a way to sign Le’Veon Bell. But just in case here’s a solid plan B. Not sure what Montgomery will Ultimately fetch in Free agency. My guess not much more than vet minimum (3-4 mil.) on a one year guarantee 3-year deal maybe with a buyout for year-2. That should get the deal done.
A guy who came in as a wide receiver and was ultimately converted to Running Back (out of necessity due to injuries) and crushed it sounds like the exact prototype rotational Running Back Nagy would love to include in his stable of backs.
Montgomery is a big back with large strong hands who can run a variety of routes split out wide, in the slot and out of the backfield. He also has an understanding of pass pro and is an effective blitz blocker.
Montgomery can run with power and with some juice and wiggle. He timed a decent 4.55 in the 40 but his 3 cone of 6.97 and his 4.16 short shuttle show elite change of direction skills. A guy who Nagy would love to bring in. Usually, you have to compromise size for that type of wiggle and speed but in Montgomery he has the size to be a short yardage load back or be part of a regular nickel down package. He’s also young and coming off his rookie deal going into his 25 year old season with low tread on the tires with only 299 total touches combined in 4 seasons.
If the Bears don’t get Bell this signing would also give the Bears even more flexibility in the draft as they could skip Running Back entirely.