Over the past few weeks, the immediate future of free agent tight end Martellus Bennett was uncertain to say the least. The New York Giants wanted to re-sign Bennett, but weren’t quick enough on the draw with the Chicago Bears reaching a deal with the veteran according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com as of March 12:
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported the Chicago Bears have agreed in principle to a contact with the tight end, and the team later confirmed it, saying it was a four-year deal. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported it's worth $20 million.
Although the Giants expressed interest in bringing Bennett back to New York with a new deal, the Bears’ offer was too good to refuse. It’s uncertain how much the Giants were willing to pay Bennett moving forward, but there’s a good chance it was nowhere near what Chicago was offering to lock him up for the next four years.
In 2012, Bennett had a breakout season with the Giants catching a career-high 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns.
The addition of Bennett in Chicago will help improve the passing game giving quarterback Jay Cutler another viable target. The Bears received a considerable boost last season from the acquisition of perennial Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall. Bennett will make the Bears’ offense that much more dynamic heading into the 2013 season.
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