Found July 28, 2013 on Bears Backer:
The Chicago Bears signed tight end Martellus Bennett to a four-year, $20.4 million deal on March 12. He finalized his contract that included a $4.5 million signing bonus and $9.12 million guaranteed. “MartysaurusRex” will fit in the Chicago Bears’ offense very nicely. He brings five years of experience which includes 48 starts, 140 receptions, 1,472 yards and nine touchdowns. He was highly touted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 coming out of Texas A&M because of his solid blocking and athletic ability. He caught 105 passes for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns in three seasons at Texas A&M. However, his time with Cowboys wasn’t filled with much success. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones decided to draft Bennett in the second round to play alongside Pro Bowl TE Jason Witten. Bennett appeared in 60 games making 32 starts in his four seasons in Dallas. He reeled in just four touchdown passes all coming in his rookie season in 2008 and averaged just 14.1 yards per game. He developed into an excellent blocker with Dallas, but due to various injuries and other obstacles he never was the receiving threat they hoped he’d pan out to be. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the New York Giants in 2012. He turned down a similar offer from the Cowboys because it he wanted a fresh start. He made the most of his 2012 season. He started all 16 games catching 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns. All of those were career highs for Bennett. He cashed in this off-season with the Bears because of his solid 2012 season with the Giants. He certainly has a chance to have another solid season with plenty of weapons in Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte around him. Not to mention Jay Cutler is throwing him the ball and he leans heavily on his tight ends. Martellus Bennett should be a huge upgrade over Kellen Davis aka “Mr. Stone Hands.” He is certainly the best receiving tight end the Bears have had since Greg Olsen was traded away two summers ago. He has a great sense of humor and loves to learn new things about the game each and every day. ‘‘I don’t really play for the money,’’ Bennett said via Chicagotribune.com. ‘‘The money is good. I like driving nice cars, [having] a nice house. I like nice stuff. I like to dress nice, mainly. But I’ve got to build a legacy not just on the field, but off the field, too.” He has already developed a great relationship with Jay Cutler and claims that “communication is the biggest thing” with this offense. Bennett improves the Bears’ running game tremendously with his blocking skills. He claims he isn’t a catch-first tight end. So, if your looking to take him in your fantasy football league this season it might not be the best idea. “I’m old-school,” Bennett said via Chicagotribune.com. “I block then get downfield. Not many guys do that. There are a lot of guys who are fantasy-football tight ends. I’m not a fantasy-football tight end.” He wants to live up to a legacy and rightfully so. He also wants to be different from the past greats who played tight end in the windy city. “The last two really good ones were (Mike) Ditka and Greg Olsen,” said Bennett via Chicagotribune.com. “I’m different. I’m trying to make my own brand for tight end of the Chicago Bears.” I guess Bennett’s never heard of Desmond Clark. Clark was pretty solid in his eight seasons with the Bears reeling in 242 receptions for 2,639 yards and 18 touchdowns. He ranks third all-time in receiving yards among Bears’ tight ends. It will clearly take some time for Bennett to learn the history of team. But it shouldn’t take him long to be a great fit for this offense and instantly make this team better. He will be a fun player to watch this season on and off the field.   Jake Perper is the founder and head writer of Bearsbacker.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker and on Facebook for up to the minute news about the Chicago Bears.
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