The Chicago Bears offense just got a nice little boost by bringing in tight end Martellus Bennett. This is one of the biggest needs the Bears had heading into this offseason and is a move that will help a struggling Bears offense take the next step in looking like a real NFL offense in 2013. With a solid option other than Brandon Marshall, quarterback Jay Cutler has to be happy to hear this news.
One of the biggest problems for the Bears in 2012 was the complete lack of production coming out of the tight end position. Kellen Davis dropped so many easy balls that could have been the difference in a couple of loses for the Bears. While Matt Spaeth is a solid blocker, his lack of production in the receiving game keeps him from being a viable option in the passing game.
While no deal has been officially signed at the time of this writing, the Bears are getting one of the best all around tight ends available. Bennett is a solid blocker and can stretch the field in the passing game. The only concern is his preceived lack of production during his time with the Dallas Cowboys. Though the problem there seems to be he did not fit the system.
In 2012, Bennett had a very strong year with the New York Giants. He caught 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers were the best in his five-year NFL career after fans had been waiting for him to show his potential. The Giants have to be more than a little disappointed to see him leave after such a productive season.
The Bears have been searching for a solid tight end since Mike Ditka retired, pretty much. By landing Bennett, the Bears will have to be looking offensive line come the NFL Draft next month. His coming in will make some of the secondary receivers on the Bears better. By having a presence in the middle of the field at tight end, defenses will be forced to watch for him freeing up Earl Bennett and Alshon Jeffery. The Bears are a little bit scarier for their opponents now with another possible weapon being added to the offensive side of the ball.