Posted March 12, 2013

Martellus Bennett to sign with Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears, NFL Free Agency
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Martellus Bennett had 55 catches for 626 receiving yards in 2012, a career high. (Jim O’Connor/USA TODAY Sports)

The Chicago Bears badly needed an upgrade at tight end, after a season in which Kellen Davis slumped to a measly 19 catches. Help appears to be on the way in the form of Martellus Bennett.

Bennett made 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns during a career year with the New York Giants. Prior to that he caught 85 balls and scored four times over four seasons with the Cowboys.

Bennett himself tweeted news of his imminent move to Chicago:


It looked for awhile like Bennett would stay put in New York, but the Bears certainly will benefit from his decision to look elsewhere.

Chicago was thought to be a contender for Tennessee tight end Jared Cook, who might be the best available player at that position. However, Bennett no doubt will carry a smaller price tag. This move works for Chicago, then, even if there was a player with a higher upside out there.

Grade: B-plus. Only landing Cook would have been a better haul for Chicago.

14 comments
CubanMissile
CubanMissile

@ John 4. For someone so into protecting the bear down slogan one would think you would know what bear down means or how it originated. It wouldn't should like it meant an injured Chicago bear if you took the phrase for what it meant....you know the same meaning its used at when the injured player said it to his coach before he died. Also the phrase wasn't picked up by u of a until a year after the guy hurt died. On top of that show me where it says bear down is the official slogan of the Chicago bears....and not just you know part of the title of their fight song .

metalhead65
metalhead65

 emery made more moves to improve the Bears today than angelo did in the last 8 years he was with the team. what idiot gets a top young qb then does not give him any talent to work with? he took a big step in improving the Bears offense without breaking the bank to do it. great job Phil!

John4
John4

And again, "Bear Down" belongs to the University of Arizona.  Google it.  Bears - get your own slogan.  "Bear Down" is taken.  It's kind of someone today trying to be "The Fridge" or "Dr. J.".  Sorry, taken.  

(And just from a perspective of being logical, why would the Bears want to be down?  It's a slogan that doesn't fit with them at all).  (Bear Down for the Chicago Bears sounds like someone was injured).  

John4
John4

Martellus can sign with the Bears and watch his career end.  The Bears are one of the worst options for anyone who plays offense.  Kind of sad.  He'll be out of the league after a few lesser productive years in Chicago.  Should have stayed with the Giants.  

Badpelican
Badpelican

I couldn't care less about the University of Arizona and its history.  GO BEARS!

BearMike
BearMike

 @John4

 John you are an idiot. The Bears have been using "Bear Down " for as long as the NFL has been around. Don't be such a hater.

metalhead65
metalhead65

 @John4 if lovie and his gang of incompetent offensive coaches were still there then I would say you were right but there is a new man in charge who actually knows offense is part of the game. Bennent will thrive now Cutler has somebody besides Brandon Marshall to throw to. 

John4
John4

 @Badpelican Would you care if an NFL player started being called "Sweetness" or "The Fridge"?  Of course you would.  How about if another team used "Monsters of the Midway"?  (Lots of teams geographically could fit that description).  

(Midway being a vague description of a place being  midway between two other places, theoretically).  

Bear Down is original to the University of Arizona.  The way Bear Down is used by the University of Arizona makes sense.  (A hospitalized player pleads with his teammates to Bear Down and win a game).  

For the Chicago Bears to use "Bear Down" is idiotic.  Are the Bears announcing that they are down?  What does it mean when you're announcing your own team is down?  (Other than you've stolen the slogan)?  See what I mean?

ChicagoBob
ChicagoBob

 @BearMike  @John4 Actually UofA's version was written in 1926, the Bears' version was written in 1941.

John4
John4

 @metalhead65 Sorry for the reality check, but the Bears' offense is so bad, it's offensive.  It's an insult to other offenses to call what the Bears run "an offense".  Unlike the Arizona Cardinals, the rest of the NFL knows who the Bears are and will not let them off the hook.  Look for lots of losses by the Bears in 2013.  I would be surprised if they manage to go .500.  

sbacino
sbacino

 @John4  @Badpelican 

 

Speaking of idiotic is your obsessive rant regarding "bear down." Who cares? I went to Texas A&M, a much finer institution I might add and we have the 12th man that has been endorsed by many teams, including the Bears. Get over it and BEAR DOWN Chicago Bears!

John4
John4

 @ChicagoBob  @BearMike Bear Mike - can you read?  If so, take your frozen brain out of a Cubs game (they suck royally, anyway) and think for a minute.  When the UofA came up with Bear Down, it was because an injured player John "Button" Salmon was trying to inspire his teammates from a Hospital Bed.  When a Chicago Bear announces "Bear Down" it sounds like he is announcing an injury to a teammate.  Of course the slogan went with the University of Arizona first.  It makes sense the way it was used for the Wildcats.  For the Chicago Bears to use "Bear Down" is idiotic.  Stop being the typical Bears idiotic fan (whoops, that's redundant) and use your brain.  Why in the world would "Bear Down" make sense for the Chicago Bears?  It wouldn't.  Get a clue, please.  

Chicago Bob - no disrespect to you.  Your comment was intelligent.  Bear Mike?  No such luck.  

metalhead65
metalhead65

 @John4  @metalhead65

  what part of new coach who knows offense is part of the game do you not understand? with the signings and a real NFL offense the Bears will not be the same offense as before. Cutler has finally been given something to work with and will do great things. not sure how many games they will win but be prepared to be surprised but no matter how many at least they will score more than a field goal on offense.