We learned earlier about the Bears' interest in three of free agency's offensive tackles and free agency's top available guard. So, it's clear the Bears are trying hard to upgrade their offensive line, but what about their other most glaring positional need, the tight end position?
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times is hearing that the Bears are interested in New York Giants free agent tight end Martellus Bennett:
The Bears have expressed an interest in free-agent tight end Martellus Bennett, according to a source.Jensen added this tweet, which highlights the very nice season Bennett had in 2012, and the extremely awful season the Bears' tight ends had in 2012:
Martellus Bennett caught 55 passes for 626 yards and 5 TDs in 2012. #Bears 4 tight ends combined for 33 catches for 318 yards and 3 TDs.Bennett, 26, is arguably the best all-around tight end on the free agent market. As you see with the numbers above, he's a playmaker as a receiver (Pro Football Focus' No. 11 tight end receiver in 2012) , and he's also a very good blocker (Pro Football Focus' No. 3 pass blocker and No. 13 run blocker in 2012).
— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) March 12, 2013
Bennett was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and played with them in his first four seasons before signing with the Giants prior to the 2012 season. He only had four touchdowns in his four years with the Cowboys, and all of those came in his rookie season. The highest catch total he had in a season with the Cowboys was 33 in 2010.
But, Bennett was behind stud tight end Jason Witten on the depth chart in Dallas, and there were some questions about his maturity/character concerns which appear to be a thing of the past. It all came together for Bennett with the Giants in 2012, and there's no questioning his tremendous talent. He really has the ability to blow up into a top-tier tight end, and would be a very exciting addition for the Bears.
UPDATE: Martellus Bennett will sign with the Bears. If you're skeptical, Bennett tweeted about it himself:
I'm proud to say I'll be joining my other brother @bmarshall next season. #BEARDOWN
— Martellus Bennett (@JoeGryffindor) March 12, 2013
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