Report: Bears trade Martellus Bennett to Patriots

The Chicago Bears have reportedly traded disgruntled tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots.

The Chicago Bears have reportedly traded tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots in exchange for swapping mid-round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. 

https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/710242454436519936

As part of the deal, the Bears will send their sixth-round pick (204th overall) to the Pats, who will send their fourth-round pick (127th) to Chicago. The Bears essentially get to move up 77 spots in the draft. 

This move has been a long time coming for the Bears and Bennett, who did not see eye to eye on a reworked contract last season. Bennett skipped voluntary workouts, gave half effort on the field and was sent home with a "rib injury" in Week 11. 

Bennett has participated in numerous practice fights with teammates, four of which I've seen with my own eyes, including slamming former first-round pick Kyle Fuller to the ground during Fuller's first training camp. He also had a practice blowup the week before he was placed on IR last season. 

Chicago signed Zach Miller this week, who will immediately take over as the club's No. 1 pass-catching tight end

This move is very similar to the trade the Bears made early last off-season, sending mercurial receiver Brandon Marshall and a 7th-round pick to New York for the Jets' 5th-round selection in last year's draft. 


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