Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) tackles New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the second half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Is pursuit of DE Michael Bennett the right move?


The Bears are said to make a play for defensive end Michael Bennett, Martellus’ older brother. The elder Bennett had 9.0 sacks in 2012 with the Buccaneers and last season had 8.5 sacks, nine tackles for loss and a career-high 26 quarterback with the Seahawks.

Just to play devil’s advocate, 8.5 sacks aren’t exactly elite level and 26 quarterback hits means he’s not getting to the quarterback soon enough. Let’s also remember the Seahawks have a deep and talented defensive live and the Buccaneers have Gerald McCoy. By comparison, Julius Peppers had seven sacks last season with a depleted offensive line.

If anything, Bennett is six years younger than Peppers and has yet to reach his potential. What ever Phil Emery decides, we all know it will be better than what the Bears had last season. If the Bears don’t sign Bennett, there is Bengals’ Michael Johnson and Raiders’ Lamar Houston both a step down from Bennett.

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  • John Mack

    As long as the price isn’t exorbitant, I think Bennett could work. If Phil can find a way to lower Peppers cap hit (while retaining him), bring back Melton for a reasonable price and draft a good DT, that D-Line really has the chance to be something! It’s all about the #s.

  • John Vassar

    You know Bennett’s stats have always troubled me, they are not that wow but then again I understand he got kicked inside too. I haven’t watched him to say he is over hyped. Frankly, I would keep Peppers and get Earl Mitchell at DT and let Melton go. Draft Ealy and a DT in the 3rd. If they get Bennett then Peppers is gone for they need his money to pay for Michael, that is a layup. They can still afford Mitchell too. Then Draft Pryor at 14, a CB in the second. This is like a rubix cube! http://beardownnation.blogspot.ca/

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    I agree , somebody’s gonna way over pay for this guy. We just traded the farm for Peppers & I doubt Bennett is near as good as Peppers WAS. I hope we don’t get him personally

  • Mike Flannery

    The Bears need somebody who can get to the QB. I would prefer Lamarr Houston over Bennett, but Bennett over just about anyone else.