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Chicago Bears: Martellus Bennett Key to Team’s Playoff Hopes

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The Chicago Bears had to get better at tight end this offseason, and they did exactly that by signing Martellus Bennett to a four-year/$20 million deal. Obviously for that kind of money, the Bears think this guy is the real deal. Bennett was good a season ago in New York, hauling in 55 passes for 626 yards with five touchdowns. It was his first year as a starter, and clearly he showed enough to warrant the kind of money he received.

While his 2012 campaign was a career-year, it really wasn’t a breakout season. It was a good showing for his first full season as a starter, but nothing that really got the national media’s attention. Good, but not great.

So with this next chapter, comes a big chance to breakout in one of the best football cities in the country. Chicago is like New York in that it’s sink or swim, so a good start will be crucial to Bennett’s success. Players can get buried real quickly in the Windy City, so he can’t afford to come out flat. It will go along way towards his perception, and towards building his confidence if he comes out and tears it up from the get-go.

I like Bennett’s chances for success with the Bears. Jay Cutler will be a good quarterback for him, and Marc Trestman will be a very good fit as a coach, if indeed he’s the offensive guru that people claim he is.

The 27-year old tight end has all the tools to be very good in the NFL. It used to be a matter of just getting a chance, and now he has a very good one with the Bears. If Bennett pans out, Chicago’s chances of making the playoffs will go up dramatically. Now fans will just have to wait and see if Bennett can be the x-factor the Bears need him to be in 2013.


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