Bears trade of Bennett a “win-win”

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For most observers of the Chicago Bears, the team’s decision to trade TE Martellus Bennett was no surprise. Privately, the Bears had been shopping the mercurial Bennett for some time. That the team could find a trade partner, much less net a fourth-round draft pick in this year’s draft, classifies as a pleasant surprise given the Bears intentions to move him.

After staying away from last year’s off-season program, Bennett rubbed new Bears brass Ryan Pace and John Fox the wrong way. Pace and Fox prefer their players to be devoted and dedicated to the cause, with an  “all-for-one” and “one-for-all” mentality, something the individualistic Bennett simply didn’t or couldn’t adhere to.

In addition to missing last year’s offseason, Bennett grumbled about his salary and sought a new contract despite having two years remaining.

While productive, he wasn’t the presence or downfield threat that he was in 2015.Bennett also appeared miffed when oft-injured teammate Zach Miller shined in during the second half of the season.

Sensing a player who might be more concerned with his stats, Fox demonstrated little patience in ridding the club of another distraction.

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For Bennett’s part, he immediately becomes part of  a annual Super Bowl contender and joins what should be a very effective two TE tandem in New England

While the move  creates a short-term talent deficiency at TE, it helps the Bears stockpile additional draft picks that could be used to develop new talent or possibly used in trade discussions.

For his part, Bears GM Ryan Pace was diplomatic in announcing the trade. “We will continue to pursue all avenues to make our team better as we prepare for the 2016 season,” General Manager Ryan Pace said.  “In a perfect world a trade is a win-win for both sides and we believe there is upside to all parties invol

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ved in this deal.  We were able to acquire a higher pick to help us continue to build our team.  We wish Martellus nothing but the best as he continues his career in New England.”

In exchange for Bennett, the Bears acquired a fourth-round (#127 overall) pick in the 2016 NFL Draft via trade with the New England Patriots for TE Martellus Bennett and a 2016 sixth-round (#204 overall) pick.

Bennett collected 348 receptions for 3,586 yards (10.3 ypr) and 23 touchdowns in 119 contests, including 88 starts, with the Dallas Cowboys (2008-11), New York Giants (2012) and Chicago Bears (2013-15).

Bear Tracks: In a minor move, the Bears signed LS  Aaron Brewer.  Listed at 6-5, 230-pounds, Brewer was the Denver Broncos long snapper for the past four seasons (2012-15) appearing in all 64 regular season contests and all eight postseason games. He has added eight special teams tackles during his NFL career. Brewer was the long snapper for Matt Prater’s NFL record 64-yard field goal on December 8, 2013. Brewer entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State.

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