Fields made the Tonyan’s Bears homecoming decision easy for Kmet originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Robert Tonyan always knew he would one day play for the Bears.
The tight end-turned-quarterback and native McHenry finally made that dream come true on Thursday when he signed a one-year contract to play for his hometown team. There were plenty of appealing reasons for Tonyan to leave the Green Bay Packers for a Bears team he believes has the arrow pointing straight up.
Quarterback Justin Fields was the most important among them.
“Big fan of the quarterback,” Tonyan told Chicago media on a conference call Friday via Zoom.
“I think he’s a mentally strong young player. That’s hard when you get into the league when you’ve got a lot, whether it’s positive or negative things that the media says about you, just keep your cool and play your game. He developed so well all year last year. We saw that we are divisional opponents. He stays there, takes punches, gets up, shows up, keeps coming back for more. That’s what you want in a quarterback and a leader, someone who won’t give up or back down, play through injuries or whatever it may be. I’m just super excited to be a part of it.
Tonyan is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and his plan. The 28-year-old tight end knows it’s a good match for his skill set. He’s a sure passer who can provide Fields with another reliable target in the red zone. According to Pro Football Reference, Tonyan has lost just two passes in five seasons.
Last season, the Bears offense had a lack of legitimate passing weapons. With Tonyan and newly acquired DJ Moore on board, Fields has a few more tools in an evolving arsenal.
Tonyan will join a tight end room managed by Cole Kmet. The 24-year-old got off to a slow start in Year 3 of his NFL career but adjusted and exploded for seven touchdowns in the last 10 games, five of which came in three-game stretches.
Bringing in another quality pass-catching tight end in Tonyan to pair with Kmet should add to a Bears offense that lacked bite in the passing game last season.
“This offense goes through the tight ends, whether it’s blocking, passing or whatever,” Tonyan said. “And just a good couple. Cole is a great tight end. He’s big, strong, and I think the addition – that can complement me and him. I’m super pumped.
“I’m just looking forward to coming into this building and getting things rolling and just being part of a team that’s progressing in the right direction.”
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Catching passes from Fields, reuniting with Getsy and pairing with Kmet were all selling points for Tonyan to join the Bears.
But it’s also his home — where Tonyan always planned to pursue his NFL dreams.
“Did I think I was a tight end for the Bears? No,” Tonyan said of his football journey. “But did I think I was going to play for the bears? Yes absolutely. In my head, I’ve played for the bears my entire life.”
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