The Bears added more depth to their tight end group when the team announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to a one-year contract with veteran Matthew Mulligan.
Mulligan, 29, played with the New England Patriots last year, starting four games and catching two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown. The Maine product also had stints with the St. Louis Rams and New York Jets and is known for his blocking abilities.
The Bears brought in Mulligan for a workout on Monday along with a handful of other players including quarterback Josh Freeman.
Mulligan will likely compete with Dante Rosario for the backup tight end position behind Martellus Bennett.
The Bears also claimed wide receiver Josh Bellamy off waivers on Tuesday from the Redskins. He appeared in five games for the Redskins last season.