As if Rob Gronkowski wasn’t enough, the New England Patriots went out and snagged another talented pass-catching tight end on Wednesday.
The Pats traded for the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Martellus Bennett. New England will also receive a sixth-round pick as they send the Chicago Bears a 2016 fourth-round pick.
The move makes sense for both sides – Chicago frees up $5.2 million in cap space and New England adds another dominant offensive presence.
The Dallas Cowboys selected the Texas A&M product with the 61st pick in the 2008 Draft. He also played for the New York Giants before joining the Bears for the past three seasons.
From 2013-2014, Bennett had his two best seasons, amassing 155 catches for 1,675 yards and 11 touchdowns. At 29 years old, the self-proclaimed “Black Unicorn” is an extremely productive veteran. Over his 8-year career, Bennett has racked up 340 receptions, 3,528 yards and 23 touchdowns.
He developed a strong connection with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, and will now look to do the same with Tom Brady. Bennett is clearly excited about playing with the future Hall of Famer, stating “Hi Tom I’m Marty. Let’s do this” via social media.
This move comes as New England’s second blockbuster deal of the week, as they also shipped star defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals.
Head coach Bill Belichick has always had an affinity for two tight end formations, and the Patriots can now line up two dominant pass-catching tight ends in Gronkowski and Bennett.
It’s pretty clear the Patriots are taking last season’s early postseason departure extremely seriously.