Martellus Bennett officially traded to Patriots

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.

Patriots and Bears announce the Martellus Bennett trade. Bennett and the 204th pick go to New England for the 127th pick.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 17, 2016

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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