The Bears have agreed to trade tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots on Wednesday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. They will receive an undisclosed late-round pick in return.
Bennett will join Rob Gronkowski to form the most lethal tight end combination in the league, reminiscent of the days when Aaron Hernandez played second fiddle to Gronk in a potent Patriots passing game.
With Bennett’s departure, the Bears have a major void at tight end, one which Zach Miller and Rob Housler cannot fill. Miller will provide a spark in the passing game but is not the inline blocker that Bennett is.
Bennett skipped offseason workouts last offseason as he was unhappy with his contract. He made the Pro Bowl in the second season of a four-year contract and wanted an increase in pay. But his absence then, plus his work ethic during the season, had him fall out of favor with new general manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox.