DONE DEAL: A gifted Chicago Bears player re-signed for a one-year contract with the team…

Experienced tight end Marcedes Lewis is extending the position’s longevity to unprecedented heights.

Chicago Bears re-sign tight end Marcedes Lewis for 19th NFL season

On Monday, Lewis re-signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, where he will play in his 19th NFL season.

Lewis, who turned 40 in May, already holds the record for the most seasons a tight end has played in the NFL. In 2023, he will set a new record for the most games played by a tight end if he plays in at least four games. Jason Witten, a legend of the Dallas Cowboys who played 271 games, now holds the record.

Lewis participated in every one of the Bears’ 17 games in 2023. Despite having modest stats—four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown—he was still able to have an impact because of his exceptional blocking skills. He also became a leader in the locker room for a young Bears squad, which probably had a significant role in Chicago’s decision to bring him back.

Following an All-American career at UCLA, Marcedes Lewis was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. After that, he played for the Jaguars for 12 years before signing a contract with the Green Bay Packers in 2018.

In 2010, Lewis enjoyed his finest season as a professional, making 58 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns on his way to being named to the Pro Bowl and Second Team All-Pro. In his eighteen years as a professional, Lewis caught 436 passes for 5,113 yards and 40 touchdowns.

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