The Bears wasted no time once the Free Agency period on Tuesday, signing former New York Giants tight end, Martellus Bennett. Bennett was among the best free agent TEs on the market this year; a group led by Tony Gonzales and the Titans’ Jared Cook.
Bennett, who was a free agent last season, made himself known around the league with his willingness to block and the ability to catch balls (both traits Bears’ TEs seemed to lack last year).
Bennett's 2012 was most definitely his coming out party as a dynamic TE. He spent four years in Dallas and was used very little in that offense. Then, with the Giants, he caught a career-high 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns—easily his most proficient year as a pass-catching TE.
Bennett’s 2012 is what made him appealing to the Bears.
A 6'6”, 265 pound beast, Bennett, at the young age of 26, looks like a player entering his prime. He could prove to be the perfect pickup for the Bears, who, throughout 2012, got a combined 25 catches and three touchdowns out of their TEs. The current group had trouble standing up, running routes and, worst of all, catching nearly any ball thrown to their way.
Kellen Davis alone had an abysmal year in 2012.
Bennett, in this new west coast offense, can help finish the plays that Davis or Speath couldn't finish last season. He will definitely help stabilize the line, especially if the Bears fail to pick up an offensive guard or tackle. The Bears add another weapon, this time on the line of scrimmage, who can help open up the middle of the field and give Cutler another passing option.
What does this mean for Kellen Davis?
Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth are certainly in a world of hurt right now. Both guys completely failed to produce in a year they needed to have a major impact. Kellen Davis, who came in 2012 as somewhat of a sleeper, had an extremely disappointing season and has Bears fans calling for his head. Davis should be gone to hopefully add more cap space for the Bears in Free Agency.
Davis is reportedly on vacation and has not been in contact with the Chicago Bears at this time. Spaeth’s and Kyle Adams’ jobs are also in jeopardy with this singing.
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