by Aaron Wilson
April 08, 02014
The Chicago Bears have signed veteran tight end Matthew Mulligan to a one-year contract and claimed wide receiver Josh Bellamy off waivers from the Washington Redskins.
Mulligan, 29, has played for the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams.
He was with the Green Bay Packers in training camp last year.
Mulligan is primarily a blocking tight end at 6-foot-4, 267 pounds. He has played in 65 games with 24 starts and 16 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
He spent his first NFL season on the practice squad of Miami and Tennessee and then was claimed off waivers in 2009 by the Jets after being released by Tennessee during training camp.
Last season, Mulligan appeared in 15 games with four starts for the Patriots, catching two passes for 16 yards.
Mulligan is one of five tight ends on the Bears roster, joining Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller, Fendi Onobun and Dante Rosario.
Bellamy has appeared in eight NFL games in two seasons with the Chiefs, Chargers and Redskins. The 6-foot, 206-pounder averaged 20.2 yards on five kickoff returns with Kansas City in 2012, but has yet to catch a pass in a regular-season game.
Bellamy, 24, entered the league with the Chiefs in 2012 as an undrafted free agent from Louisville. As a senior in 2011, he caught 24 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns.
Bellamy is one of eight receivers on the Bears roster, joining Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Domenik Hixon, Marquess Wilson, Eric Weems, Chris Williams and Terrence Toliver.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.