The Chicago Bears have traded tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots. Per NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Chicago will receive a late-round pick from New England while also sending one along with Bennett.
This isn’t exactly a surprising deal on Chicago’s end, as they re-upped tight end Zach Miller on a two-year deal after he experienced a late season surge following Bennett being placed on injured reserve with a rib injury. The former Texas A&M Aggie appeared in 11 games and had 53 catches for just 439 yards and three touchdowns.
And now Bennett will head to a Patriots team that has star tight end Rob Gronkowski, but has not been able to find a complement to him since the Aaron Hernandez situation. Now that a reliable target in Bennett is aboard, with the Patriots also absorbing his $5.1 million salary, the Patriots can expect their offense to be even more versatile next season so long as Bennett stays healthy.
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