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Bears appear to be looking for Bennett family reunion

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Bears General Manager Phil Emery wants to win games.

But if he can bring families closer together, that might help too.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are believed to have shown interest in Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett to help bolster their defensive line.

Last year, Emery landed tight end Martellus Bennett, Michael’s brother, on the first day of free agency.

Landing Bennett would probably have a defensive end trickle-down effect, as it’s hard to imagine doing a big deal for a prime free agent and retaining veteran Julius Peppers.

Bennett had 8.5 sacks for the Seahawks on a one-year deal, and he figures to have plenty of interest in the market.

But only one team has his brother.

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28 Responses to “Bears appear to be looking for Bennett family reunion”
  1. seahawksteven777 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:03 PM

    All I can say is I hope the Seahawks made him a good offer because if not, he’s gone. That would really suck to lose him.

  2. chicagosports2014 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:04 PM

    I’m still a big Peppers fan, I really hope he structure his contract!

  3. larryboodry says: Mar 8, 2014 7:06 PM

    Okay, so maybe – just maybe – this is not as far-fetched as I thought. I hope Emery gets it done.

  4. seahawksteven777 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:15 PM

    It would suck to lose Bennett to the Bears though. The Bears should be more worried about getting a real quarterback.

  5. spliff219 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:16 PM

    Id rather have M Johnson. either would be great though

  6. wyrdawg says: Mar 8, 2014 7:24 PM

    Peppers fan too, but he’s been in the same funk that Panthers fans saw back in the day.

    What’s interesting.. Briggs’ comments about his “brothers” being disrespected. How about letting him join them?

    Cut Peppers (18 mill and #2 on the Bears’ 2014 salary cap roster). Trade Briggs (6.5 mill and #6 on the Bears’ 2014 salary cap roster) to Tampa.

    Offense is pretty much set now. That would clear up a lot of room to get some things done on a defense that’s arguably been allowed to grow too old for too long.

    Bears win and all this “loyalty” talk goes out the window. In a heartbeat.

    Hell, with the way Emery and Trestman have been handling the media lately? Couple that with a winning, consistent team? I bet Chicago starts getting national media attention again.

  7. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 8, 2014 7:25 PM

    Wont be able to pay Melton then. That sucks. But Ill take Bennett and hopefully draft Jernigan.

    Bear Down

  8. larryboodry says: Mar 8, 2014 7:28 PM

    @seahawksteven777:

    The Bears have a real QB in Cutler, and a great backup in McCown if they can keep him…Unlike Seattle, we need a real defense way more than we need to do anything on offense.

  9. andreboy1 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:30 PM

    Bennett is just tired of the constant mist in Seattle.

  10. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 8, 2014 7:35 PM

    @ seahawk777 or whatever. The Seahawks should worry about beating the Bears, we knock you out of the playoffs, when we make it there. Cutler, Marshall and Jeffery wil tear apart your loud mouth Sherman Defense.

  11. azjohnny says: Mar 8, 2014 7:45 PM

    @ seahawk777 or whatever. The Seahawks should worry about beating the Bears, we knock you out of the playoffs, when we make it there. Cutler, Marshall and Jeffery wil tear apart your loud mouth Sherman Defense.

    I doubt it
    Bears are a good offense on paper but always seem to choke at the right time. Cutler has no leadership skills. Sehawks “D” is a lot more than Sherman. IMO the guy who is the most valuable is Thomas

  12. seahawked says: Mar 8, 2014 7:56 PM

    @ seahawk777 or whatever. The Seahawks should worry about beating the Bears, we knock you out of the playoffs, when we make it there. Cutler, Marshall and Jeffery wil tear apart your loud mouth Sherman Defense.

    You sound like the Broncos fans did before the Super Bowl…just sayin’

  13. cadillacjosh says: Mar 8, 2014 8:11 PM

    Jeez man, don’t talk trash to the Seahawk fans. We missed the playoffs. I love the Bears and I think, on paper, if we add some defense we’d have a great team. But you’re insulting a team that just won a Superbowl. That makes us all look dumb.

    Anyway, I think it’s clear Bennett is a star and he’d be a huge help to our D, if we can get him. Drafting a DT or maybe getting Melton back, it’d be a 50% news D-line.

  14. 12thlegion says: Mar 8, 2014 8:24 PM

    As a WORLD CHAMPION SEAHAWK fan, I can honestly say that losing Bennett would be a kick in the stomach. It would piss me off.
    However, with our “NEXT MAN UP” mentality, and our talented depth, not to mention FA, the Draft, and guys like Benson Mayowa and Jesse Williams (Rooks who were hurt, etc,.)
    But, losing Bennett….maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan.

  15. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 8, 2014 8:50 PM

    @ cadillajosh

    Did you not see the Seahawks fan insult Cutler…..They just won their first Championship…..we have 9, what kind of Bears fan are you??? Cutler had his best year and the Bears have second best scoring O in the league last year. Respect to Seattle, but it was there first Win and they act like they are the Steelers or Packers…..

  16. osiris33 says: Mar 8, 2014 9:22 PM

    If he ends up in Chicago, don’t expect the same Michael Bennett the Seahawks got this year. He’s made it clear he’s all about the money, so no more playing hurt and putting in that extra work. The Bennett you’ll get is the one who’s trying to protect his contract. The one we got was the one who was trying to GET his big contract.

    And doesn’t $1 million per sack for a nickel inside pass rusher seem a little pricey?

  17. 12thfamily says: Mar 8, 2014 9:31 PM

    @ cadillajosh

    Did you not see the Seahawks fan insult Cutler…..They just won their first Championship…..we have 9, what kind of Bears fan are you??? Cutler had his best year and the Bears have second best scoring O in the league last year. Respect to Seattle, but it was there first Win and they act like they are the Steelers or Packers

    We were established in 1976; you might want to take a look at how long it took the franchises you list to get their fist Superbowl….

  18. seaeagle707 says: Mar 8, 2014 9:37 PM

    Bennett used us, we used him, so its a wash. Not too sure I want a guy on the team that’ll price himself so high that we’ll have to cut others to stay under the cap.

    He was good for us while he lasted. Don’t wish Michael any ill will.

  19. jayovalentine says: Mar 8, 2014 9:39 PM

    seahawksteven777 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:15 PM

    It would suck to lose Bennett to the Bears though. The Bears should be more worried about getting a real quarterback.

    Without that D & strong run game, the Hawks would have to look for a real QB. I like Wilson but my mother in law could have led them seahawks to the SB

  20. meatcarroll says: Mar 8, 2014 9:39 PM

    The Bears of all teams should realize the folly of spending the big $$$ to a star DE. How many playoff games have they won since signing Julius Peppers to that obscene contract?

  21. dukeearl says: Mar 8, 2014 9:40 PM

    I seem to remember the bears being on the losing side of a 50-burger… just saying….

  22. nastyn8770 says: Mar 8, 2014 9:57 PM

    We’ve let our D get old on us and we’ve failed to address the fact that Urlacher,Briggs,Tillman etc…wouldn’t play forever. This year especially it has reared it’s ugly head. I am pleased with the job that Emery and Trestman have done so far and I believe that they will right the ship very quickly before it can get to out of hand. With that said I hope we can land a young defensive stud in Bennett and bring in a rookie like Jurnigan and build on pieces such as those two for years to come. Bear down!

  23. azjohnny says: Mar 8, 2014 10:23 PM

    “I like Wilson but my mother in law could have led them seahawks to the SB”

    Don’t agree with that at all…..Without Wilson Hawks wouldn’t have made it to the Superbowl. Wilson might not be a francise QB but he is more than a game mananger.

    Without the clutch 4th down TD pass that Wilson threw its a good chance the 9ers are in the Superbowl

  24. dobe420 says: Mar 8, 2014 10:37 PM

    I like it cadillajosh, some times you just to walk up to goliath’s face and show them your not backing down.

  25. northbynw27 says: Mar 9, 2014 4:33 AM

    Bennett’s success last year was a product of the environment! Crowd noise + best secondary in the league = production.

    Going to Chi, where the crowd is indifferent and the secondary is abysmal, he will struggle to matter.

  26. thefox61 says: Mar 9, 2014 1:06 PM

    Bennett will be fine addition to the Bears. I liked him all right on the Seahawks but he wants too much for being a part time player. We have other options. Good Luck to you Mr. Bennett.

    Go Seahawks!

  27. eternalserenity21 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:16 AM

    @azjohnny: Why isn’t Wilson a Franchise QB….. “He’s better than a game manager”, stop putting that title and Russell’s name in the same sentence. He does what he needs to in order to win games. If that means to hand the ball off or throw it he does… And he rarely turns the ball over. I am so sick of reading and hearing of people being so dismissive towards him. It is ridiculous.

  28. southsidetommy says: Mar 10, 2014 11:39 AM

    wyrdawg says:
    Trade Briggs (6.5 mill and #6 on the Bears’ 2014 salary cap roster) to Tampa.
    What exactly do you expect to get in return for Briggs that would upgrade the Bears roster for next season? Make no mistake about it, Emery is trying to position the Bears to win now. Losing someone like Briggs does not help that cause.

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