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.
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.