Chicago Bears Sign Tight End Martellus Bennett and Tackle Jermon Bushrod

March 13, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Chicago Bears began the NFL free-agency period with a bang by signing former New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett to a four-year deal, according to ESPN's Michael C. Wright, and former New Orleans Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod to a five-year deal, according to ESPN's Kevin Seifert. 
The financial details of both contracts have not been released.
Bennett, a 6'6" tight end, thrived in New York in his first season as a starter. Bennett caught 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns and was a nice safety valve for Eli Manning. Bushrod has protected the blind side of Drew Brees for the past five years and has been voted to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons.
Both signings addressed major weaknesses for Chicago. Kellen Davis, despite his impressive build, was a disappointment at tight end, catching only 19 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Bennett has a similar build but can stretch the field and block...

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