The fullback is back in Chicago. The Bears announced on Tuesday that they signed free agent Khari Blasingame to a one-year contract.
Blasingame has spent the last three seasons working as Derrick Henry’s lead blocker in the Titans offense. In 2019 and 2020, Henry led the NFL in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. He was off to another hot start in 2021, but an injury limited him to only eight games.
Blasingame doesn't just block, however. Over 32 games with the Titans, he’s caught 10 passes for 97 yards and rushed the ball three times for six yards. Those 13 touches have resulted in four first-downs, too. Blasingame also contributed to Tennessee’s special teams, playing 45% of the team’s special teams snaps in each of the past two seasons.
The Bears used J.P. Holtz and Ryan Nall as pseudo-fullbacks at times last season. But according to the team, the Bears have not rostered a true fullback since Michael Burton in 2018.