The first big splash in free agency for the Chicago Bears has happened. According to multiple sources on twitter, Martellus Bennett has agreed in principle on a contract offer with Chicago. Per Sean Jensen on twitter (@seankjensen), the deal has officially been sent to the league offices. He tweets, “League source says that Martellus Bennett has ‘agreed in principle’ on a deal with the #Bears.”
This signing gives the Bears an enormous upgrade at the tight end position. After Olsen was traded to Carolina in 2011, the Bears were left with Kellen Davis as the starter. He was largely inexperienced, but was said to have potential to be a formidable receiving threat. That potential was never showcased as Davis has been a huge disappointment in the Windy City. The other TE that was used the past two years was Matt Spaeth, but his primary use was as a blocker in Lovie Smith’s offense.
This signing clearly shows that a new era of Bears football is upon us, at least on the offensive side of the ball. In today’s NFL, an air attack is key to prolonged success throughout the season. This is a great first step for this new coaching staff. Now the emphasis should shift to the offensive line as they look to give Cutler the protection needed to lead the offensive attack efficiently.
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