All signs point to Michael Bennett signing a contract with the Chicago Bears, helping shore up the defensive line and hopefully adding a pass rush that has lacked with the drop-off in production from Julius Peppers. The signing is reportedly going to take place on Tuesday at 4 est, the beginning of NFL free agency.
In order for the signing to happen, the Bears will almost certainly be saying goodbye to Julius Peppers and his monstrous $18.1 million contract. Cutler and Peppers together would comprise $40 million of the Bears cap space - a burden too great for them to add a player like Bennett.
Bennett won the Super Bowl with the Seahawks, wreaking havoc on quarterbacks all season long. His sack numbers were not out of this world (8.5 in 2013-2014 regular season), but he was reputed by teammates as a "monster" who affected the game with pressures, run-stopping, and big plays.
If a guy like Michael Bennett can ruin Peyton Manning's day in the biggest game of the year, the QB known for getting rid of the ball faster than any other, he most certainly will help the Bears compete for a division title in the NFC North.
Julius Peppers never truly lived up to his large contract and produced as many thought he would with Chicago, though his impact may been more in the form of being a presence that required double teams.
That presence, however, was gone last year.
Welcome to Chicago, Michael Bennett. You are a much appreciated addition.