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NFL free agency opened on Tuesday afternoon and Martellus Bennett is already headed to the Bears.
BREAKING: Former Giants TE Martellus Bennett has informed me that he will sign with the Chicago Bears tonight.— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) March 12, 2013
The deal is not official, but Bennett indicated on Twitter that it will happen.
Bennett caught 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns with the Giants last year after spending his first four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, the 26 year old Bennett has a very similar build to Graham and Kromer should have plenty of plays drawn up for him as soon as he arrives in Chicago.
Chicago was known to be in the tight end market with new offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer and head coach Marc Trestman looking to expand the Bears passing attack. Kromer comes to Chicago from New Orleans, where Jimmy Graham was a featured part of the Saints offense.
Last season, the Bears tight end, Kellen Davis, only caught 19 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Bennett, who was possibly the best pass catching tight end available, is a clear upgrade for an offense looking to become more dynamic.