Paulsen will sign with the 49ers, CSN Bay Area reports. Valued primarily for his blocking, Paulsen has 82 receptions in six professional seasons, with only three of those catches coming last year for the Bears. San Francisco seems to be targeting the middle tiers of free agency, also reaching early agreements with QB Brian Hoyer, FB Kyle Juszczyk and WRs Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.
Paulsen ended the season with three receptions for 15 yards while being targeted 15 times. When the Bears lost Zach Miller to a foot injury in Week 11, Paulsen seemed to be in line to step up as the primary receiving option, but that role was taken over by Dan Brown. Actually, Paulsen didn't see a single target over the last five games of the season, and he'll enter the off-season as a free agent. He's only piled up 816 receiving yards since 2010, and he'll likely sign with a team as a backup tight end, and he'll face long odds to be a strong fantasy option.
Paulsen was targeted once, but failed to catch a pass, Sunday against the Titans. Paulsen had just one of the seven passes thrown to the three Chicago tight ends sent his way on a day that quarterback Matt Barkley threw the ball 54 times for 316 yards. Although he's the most experienced tight end on the active roster, there are likely much better fantasy options on the waiver wire.
Paulsen signed a contract with the Bears on Sunday, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Paulsen missed the entire 2015 season while recovering from toe surgery, but re-signed with the Redskins earlier this offseason before being released on Saturday. However, he's now slated to join the Bears, where he should be able to carve out a role as a blocking tight end, as well as a candidate to play special teams.
The Redskins released Paulsen on Saturday. Paulsen was hoping to add tight end depth to the team. However, with Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis already locked into the first two spots on the depth chart, the 29-year-old figured to be a long shot for making the final roster.
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