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Martellus Bennett | Tight End | #83

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 273
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (61) / DAL
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The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears had "pervasive doubts" about Martellus Bennett's commitment.
Per reporter Dan Wiederer, Bennett offered "minimal effort to conform to the unselfish and focus-driven culture" the Bears are trying to instill under coach John Fox. Wiederer also confirms Bennett's late season ribs injury, which landed him on injured reserve for four games, was essentially a sham. In the end, the sides' divorce boiled down to the fact that Bennett wanted a better contract and the Bears were dead set against it. So is life for a player in a league where teams monopolize the negotiating power with non-guaranteed deals. Mar 17 - 9:40 PM

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Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski lead all tight ends in yards after contact since 2013.

Gronk is No. 1, with Bennett close behind. Bennett showed signs of decline last season — he missed five games with injury while averaging an anemic 8.3 yards per catch — but could bounce back as a big part of the Patriots' offense. Bennett just turned 29, and is a proven playmaker who scored at least five touchdowns every year between 2012-14. Bennett could be a low-end TE1 even with Gronk being the focal point of the Patriots' offense.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 17 - 2:19 PM

Patriots acquired TE Martellus Bennett and a sixth-round pick from the Bears in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

Chicago shopped Bennett all offseason and finally found a taker in New England. It's essentially a one-year flyer for the Patriots, who absorb Bennett's $5.1 million salary. Bennett gives Bill Belichick a complement to Rob Gronkowski for the first time since Aaron Hernandez. His addition reduces Danny Amendola's role, with the Patriots likely moving to more TE-heavy sets. Bennett struggled with injuries last year, but is a strong bounce-back candidate in New England. Still only 29 years old, Bennett's addition should improve both the Patriots' run and pass games, as he is an adept blocker. New England will be able to line up Bennett (6'6/259) and Gronk (6'6/264) in red-zone sets. The rich get richer.
Mar 16 - 7:19 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Bears are "shopping" Martellus Bennett.

This is pretty widely known, but we haven't had a Rotoworld blurb on Bennett since last weekend, so it's worth reiterating. Bennett's trade market has been quiet to this point. It could pick up as the free agent market dies down.
Mar 10 - 4:28 PM

NJ Advance Media's Dom Cosentino does not expect the Jets to pursue a trade for Bears TE Martellus Bennett.

The Jets and Bears worked out a deal for Brandon Marshall prior to free agency last offseason, but the Jets were in a much better salary-cap position. Bennett's $5.085 million salary is likely too much to take on, and he will likely be priced out of their market even if he is released prior to free agency. New York should look towards cheaper free agents and the draft to shore up the tight end spot.
Mar 5 - 12:07 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, "some around the NFL doubt" the Bears will be able to trade Martellus Bennett.

Biggs "fully expect(s)" the Bears to release Bennett if they can't find a trade partner. Bennett wore out his welcome in Chicago, "increasingly frustrating coaches and teammates" before the Bears' Thanksgiving game against the Packers, and was ruled inactive for that game. Bears GM Ryan Pace did well to get a sixth-round pick for Jared Allen ahead of last year's trade deadline. It sounds like he'd do well again to get anything in exchange for Bennett.
Mar 4 - 10:30 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are "working to trade" Martellus Bennett.

GM Ryan Pace is actually working together with Bennett's agent in an effort to find a desirable landing spot for the tight end. Bennett has one year left on his contract at a $5.085 million salary, and the Bears simply don't want to pay that. They'd rather re-sign Zach Miller to be their starter. Bennett turns 29 next week. The Bears would do well to get a mid-round pick back.
Mar 4 - 9:15 AM

The Chicago Tribune reports "it's presumed" the Bears are listening to trade offers for Martellus Bennett.

The sides appear done with each other, but the Bears are in no hurry to make an official decision. Reporter Dan Wiederer believes the Bears could hold onto Bennett as trade bait all the way through April's draft. It remains quite possible the Bears simply release Bennett, freeing up $5.185 million in cap space.
Feb 25 - 7:46 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport "would be surprised" if Martellus Bennett is back with the Bears this season.

This meshes with everything people around the team have been saying since Bennett was mysteriously placed on I.R. back in December due to a rib injury he suffered Week 11 but ultimately returned to play Week 13 before then being done for the season. The Bears are expected to re-sign free agent Zach Miller and cut Bennett, which would clear $5.185 million against the cap.
Feb 19 - 9:40 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson believes a trade is the "best solution" for the ongoing contract dispute between Martellus Bennett and the organization.

Dickerson reports Bennett will not get "a penny more from the Bears," and he "knows it." Bennett could try to force Chicago's hand by again skipping the offseason program, but ultimately the Bears hold most of the cards. The question for Chicago is whether Bennett is worth the headache after struggling through a lackluster campaign which ended on injured reserve. Bennett is set to earn $5.085 million in the final year of his deal.
Source: ESPN
Feb 18 - 9:38 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer admits "it's hard to see" the Bears bringing back Martellus Bennett for 2016.

Bennett suffered a ribs injury Week 11, missed Week 12, and returned Week 13. Coach John Fox labeled him "day-to-day," but Bennett was surprisingly placed on I.R. on Tuesday. He's made some noise behind the scenes, and Fox has said he wants team-first players. Bennett, 29 in March, has one year left on his deal. The Bears can save $5.185 million by cutting him.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 09:45:00 AM

Bears placed TE Martellus Bennett on injured reserve with a rib injury, ending his season.

Bennett initially suffered the injury in Week 11. He missed Week 12 before being absent from the Week 13 injury report, but apparently aggravated the issue against the 49ers. Coach John Fox claimed on Monday that Bennett was "day to day." Although Bennett is signed through next season (at $5.085 million), it's quite possible he's played his final down for the Bears. His per-catch effectiveness has waned significantly this season, while he's clashed with Fox's coaching staff. Bennett turns 29 in March. Zach Miller will be a viable TE2 in Bennett's absence.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 03:27:00 PM

Martellus Bennett caught 3-of-4 targets for 14 yards Week 13 against the 49ers.

Bennett entered the game with injured ribs and appeared to aggravate the injury in the third quarter. He only ended up missing a couple plays. Chicago tried to get Bennett going with two targets on the first drive, but, as has become the norm, he was mostly uninvolved the rest of the game. Bennett has fallen out of the TE1 ranks and will be a risky play even in a decent matchup next week against Washington.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:12:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms Martellus Bennett (ribs, probable) will play Sunday against the 49ers.

Bennett missed Chicago's Thanksgiving win over the Packers while battling cracked ribs. He's third among NFL tight ends in targets (76) and tied with Ben Watson for eighth in catches (50). Consider him a back-end TE1 against the Niners.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 09:01:00 AM

Martellus Bennett (ribs) is probable for Week 13.

Bennett practiced in full despite sitting out last week. He's reportedly made some noise about his lack of targets. Bennett is a back-end TE1 against the 49ers.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 06:08:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Jacoby Brissett
RB1Dion Lewis
2LeGarrette Blount
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Donald Brown
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Dion Lewis
3RB1Dion Lewis
2James White
FB1James Develin
2Joey Iosefa
WR11Julian Edelman
2Chris Hogan
3Malcolm Mitchell
4Aaron Dobson
5Devin Lucien
WR21Danny Amendola
2Keshawn Martin
3Nate Washington
4Chris Harper
5DeAndre Carter
WR31Chris Hogan
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3AJ Derby
4Michael Williams
5Clay Harbor
LT1Nate Solder
2Marcus Cannon
3Cameron Fleming
LG1Shaq Mason
2Josh Kline
3Ted Karras
C1Bryan Stork
2Joe Thuney
3David Andrews
RG1Jonathan Cooper
2Tre' Jackson
3Chris Barker
RT1Sebastian Vollmer
2LaAdrian Waddle
3Keavon Milton
K1Stephen Gostkowski