NFL News: New England Patriots Sign Chris Long, Receive Martellus Bennett In Trade With Bears
Will Martellus Bennett sign for the New England Patriots? The Patriots have agreed to trade with the Chicago Bears for roping in Martellus Bennett. In another development, Chris Long has signed a one-year deal with the team.Advertisement
The Patriots are looking to swap fourth round picks in exchange for Bennett, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Patriots will also be receiving a fourth round draft choice in the trade. The Patriots prefer multiple tight end offense because of the match-up problems it creates in defense. Aaron Hernandez was paired with Rob Gronkowski once in 2011, now with the possible inclusion of the 6-foot-6 and 273 pounds-Bennett, the Patriots will again have the luxury of double tight ends.
Bennett will be signing a one year deal worth $5.085 million base salary. Bennett, on Wednesday, introduced himself to Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady on Twitter.
Bennett completed 90 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns in the 2014 season when he made the Pro Bowl but he didn’t earn a contract extension from the Chicago Bears in the following season. Before a rib injury landed him in the injured reserves last season on December 8, he made 53 receptions for 439 yards and three touchdowns. The Bears featured tight end Zach Miller in the latter part of the last season.
Chris Long will be replacing Chandler Jones in the Patriots roster. Jones has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals. Long had a stellar spell with the Rams. He started in 95 of the 114 games cpmpiling 54½ sacks, 41½ of which came between the 2010 and 2013 season. This is the fifth highest in that spell of the NFL.
The second overall pick in the 2008 draft and turns 31 this month. Long has battled injuries over the past two years, according to the Real GM.