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Report: Patriots trading for Martellus Bennett

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The Bears have traded veteran tight end Martellus Bennett to the Patriots, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night.

Schefter wrote that the deal is being finalized but is expected to involve a swap of mid to late-round picks between the teams.

Basically, the Patriots got Bennett for very little. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Bears had spent 18 months trying to find a trade partner to take Bennett.

Bennett, who just turned 29, has caught more than 50 passes in each of the past four seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014. For his career, he’s caught 348 passes for 3,586 yards and 23 touchdowns.

In New England Bennett figures as the second tight end playing alongside Rob Gronkowski and provides Tom Brady another big and reliable target.

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  1. fedegene says: Mar 16, 2016 7:35 PM

    Honestly, good riddance. I was way more skeptical about the decision to trade Marshall and I used to dissent from many other (possibly the majority?) Bears fans regarding him being a disruptive presence in the locker room. With Bennett, no doubt in my mind that he is not that great of a difference maker, and most of all he is just a distraction. Well done Pace!

  2. Bonerz'NPudz says: Mar 16, 2016 7:36 PM

    Nasty TE combo!

  3. patsxsaintsfan says: Mar 16, 2016 7:36 PM

    Lets go! That is a huge pick up forget a wide receiver we have the best tight end duo in the NFL again. Hopefully it ends better this time.

  4. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 16, 2016 7:37 PM

    Uh-oh. BB working it. Brewing up some haterade.

  5. mceatons1 says: Mar 16, 2016 7:39 PM

    ” Noooooo!!”

    – Rest of league

  6. fugginswheat says: Mar 16, 2016 7:40 PM

    Addition by Subtraction. Not sure how he is going to fit in w Belichick. Will be very interesting. Marty sure does like to talk, and is pretty big on social media.

  7. nels1959 says: Mar 16, 2016 7:41 PM

    Bennett wants a raise New England. He’s not the warm and fuzzy type to just play if he’s not happy. But at least he won’t end up in prison

  8. icebowler says: Mar 16, 2016 7:42 PM

    So they basically gave him to the AFC New England team just to make sure he wouldn’t end up in Green Bay, or another NFC North team, if they ended up having no other choice but to cut him.

  9. trailerparkking says: Mar 16, 2016 7:43 PM

    It looks like the Bears are in full rebuild mode. They need to figure out what to do with Cutler but they are well on their way.

  10. chadman128 says: Mar 16, 2016 7:43 PM

    He was a locker room problem in Chicago so good move to clear him out to a team you won’t play much. But….. If they can control him this is an absolute beast of a man. Best tight end combo in the nfl.

  11. northernpackfan says: Mar 16, 2016 7:44 PM

    That’ll be a scary TE combo!

    And the Pats are probably the only team that could have Bennett in the locker room without causing a problem. I would have wanted him in Green Bay, as the Packers desperately need a TE, but there’s no way McCarthy and Rodgers would be able to overcome his disruptiveness.

  12. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 16, 2016 7:45 PM

    18 months trying to find a trade partner and all they get for him is a swap of a mid-to-late round picks? I’d love to hear the offers they passed up on before falling in love with this one.

  13. kissbillsrings says: Mar 16, 2016 7:46 PM

    Pats offense just got a HUGE upgrade….. This will open things up big time on the playbook…. NICE!!!!

  14. patriotgame says: Mar 16, 2016 7:47 PM

    One more piece to the puzzle for BB! Sorry Rex, your one step behind once again.

  15. flip2300 says: Mar 16, 2016 7:48 PM

    Dude will
    Come with his negativity and bring instant bad luck to the pats

  16. yourmadre says: Mar 16, 2016 7:53 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I can’t even get mad anymore when Belichick pulls off moves like this, I’m too impressed by how he continues to do it. Obviously it doesn’t always work out, but it doesn’t really matter when you aren’t giving up anything of real value to begin with. Even if he comes in and has a below average year then bolts for another team, it’s still probably worth it.

  17. burgandy2260 says: Mar 16, 2016 7:54 PM

    Naturally he will mind his manors at the beginning but he’ll end up having bad press by mid season. His bad attitude hasn’t changed since the moment he was drafted. He was on NYG for 1 season as one of Eli’s favorite targets and he couldn’t get that right. Now he’s going to his 4th team already. It says 2 things. 1 coaches see his talent 2 they like him for a short amt of time.

  18. sonhoodoo says: Mar 16, 2016 7:55 PM

    flip2300 says:
    Mar 16, 2016 7:48 PM
    Dude will
    Come with his negativity and bring instant bad luck to the pats
    —————————

    Hmm, what was his negativity? Not liking being on a team that didn’t want to win?

  19. jojopuppyfish says: Mar 16, 2016 7:59 PM

    SO this move makes Cutler worse. Bennett was a great TE….on the field this guy made plays and he was an excellent blocker

  20. buttfumbles says: Mar 16, 2016 8:15 PM

    Naturally he will mind his manors
    ————

    I’m sure his housekeepers do that

  21. Hitdog18 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:17 PM

    Look you CAN’T hate the move from the Pats perspective, they get another piece on offense, and only have to trade down to rounds in the draft???? STEAL

  22. edzo82270 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:19 PM

    If he acts up, breaks the rules, he’s gone. Ask Randy Moss about that.

  23. thefatlazygamer says: Mar 16, 2016 8:20 PM

    Belichick has responded to Ty Law in Belichick fashion.

  24. secondcityvault says: Mar 16, 2016 8:20 PM

    Bears fans forgetting this guy caught 90 Balls and just under 1000 yards in 2014 when he was semi-disgruntled in a pass first offense, Josh McDaniels and BB will cook up something for him to succeed, nonetheless, he’s a top notch blocker at his position as Former OC Adam Gase graded him with Left Tackle ability at TE position and man Gronk, Edelman and company might just be a little more open this season not too mention a boost to run game when Pats bring out those 3 TE sets, Plenty and plenty of upside on this move, while only giving up a 4th rounder, and getting back a 6th rounder.
    New England “only” has 11 picks in this years draft.

  25. duke766 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:21 PM

    Bennett and one of the Bears three 6th Rd picks for a 4th Rd pick. I’ll take that. Well done Pace.

  26. bassplucker says: Mar 16, 2016 8:21 PM

    Apparently nobody hipped Ryan Pace to the first rule of NFL GMing: NEVER TRADE WITH BELICHECK.

    That being said… the die was cast with him and the new regime in Chicago long ago so to get a 4th rounder for him is pretty good work. Pace found a damn good player in the 4th last year (Langford) so I am hopeful. Personally I don’t see Bennett lasting the year with Belicheck, but that’s the Patriots’ problem now.

  27. shyts7 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:22 PM

    Pats upgrading big time on there offensive side. If they get a quality RB, you might as well say the AFC title goes through N.E.

  28. igornathanhiggers says: Mar 16, 2016 8:26 PM

    Gronkowski may regret complaining about being underpaid…

  29. mp4pack says: Mar 16, 2016 8:26 PM

    They basically traded him for nothing to avoid him ending up with the Packers if they cut him.

  30. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 16, 2016 8:27 PM

    Good move, our 39 year old QB needs all the help he can get at this point in his career. Deflategate revenge tour 2.0 is underway.

  31. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Mar 16, 2016 8:28 PM

    Brady turns 39 this season. He’ll need all the help he can get as he hits the wall.

  32. bullcharger says: Mar 16, 2016 8:35 PM

    Bennett is a great player. Chicago are nuts to let him go. Chicago’s problem is the QB. Never going to win with him.

  33. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Mar 16, 2016 8:36 PM

    The headline should read Bears trading away Emery’s mess for draft picks to rebuild! Marty has great skill, but caused many locker room issues for the Bears.

    This is not a knock against the Patriots, I’m sure he will benefit the best football team over the past 2 decades and increase their odds.

    Good luck to the Patriots and Marty B.

    -Bears fan.

  34. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 16, 2016 8:39 PM

    Good upgrade on the o
    But the D sucks Pat’s will lose games 40 -35

  35. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 16, 2016 8:41 PM

    Yet ANOTHER tremendous move by the 4 time World Champions!🙂 It’s like they don’t know when to quit!
    🙂

  36. juliojohnsonthe3rd says: Mar 16, 2016 8:43 PM

    Later Marty..Happy to see you’re gone-you’re nothing but a WHINER

  37. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Mar 16, 2016 8:44 PM

    Apparently nobody hipped Ryan Pace to the first rule of NFL GMing: NEVER TRADE WITH BELICHECK.

    That being said… the die was cast with him and the new regime in Chicago long ago so to get a 4th rounder for him is pretty good work. Pace found a damn good player in the 4th last year (Langford) so I am hopeful. Personally I don’t see Bennett lasting the year with Belicheck, but that’s the Patriots’ problem now.

    ______________________________________

    Bassplucker,

    The Bears drafted Amos in the 4th and Langford in the 3rd last draft. The previous year was Brook Vereen and Emery traded up for Adrian Amos (solid move) in the 4th. Having two picks in the 4th is huge for Pace, great trade for Bears considering Pace wanted him gone since half way through last season.

  38. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Mar 16, 2016 8:45 PM

    Ka’Deem Carey** 4th round

  39. juliojohnsonthe3rd says: Mar 16, 2016 8:46 PM

    Bears just taking out the garbage…

    Thanks NE

  40. jag1959 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:49 PM

    The defensive minded Belichick keeps trying to get twin tower TE’s on the field in search of the flexibility and mismatches he knows they create. It didn’t work with Chandler last season but Bennett is a more complete package. NE fans should keep his malcontent history in mind though, not everyone who shows up there suddenly flies right. Adalius Thomas anyone?

  41. bassplucker says: Mar 16, 2016 8:50 PM

    Word from insiders is that Bears players considered Marty a bigger locker room problem last year than Brandon Marshall was the year before. This is the guy who had a meltdown in practice the week before the team’s biggest game of the year (Packers on Thanksgiving night), stayed home while the rest of the team went up to GB and beat them for the first time in years, then said he didn’t even watch the game at home.

    The Bears offense will very likely suffer this season from his loss on the field (as they did last year without Marshall), but Pace and Fox have no hesitation about dumping guys who aren’t with the program and backfilling later.

  42. zigthepatsfan says: Mar 16, 2016 8:57 PM

    Sounds like another win/win for both teams with Bill again giving up just a little more than he has to just to try to help the other less fortunate teams out a little.

  43. firejerry says: Mar 16, 2016 8:58 PM

    I would have made the jerk play out his contract with the Bears. His disruption would have hurt him with a new contract.

  44. fedora59 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:00 PM

    Wow. Too bad this didn’t happen earlier in the day as MMQB could have used this as guaranteed proof that Belichick is ( Halas, Brown, Lombardi, Shula, Noll, Landry, Walsh, Gibbs, and Parcells all rolled into one, if you will) the greatest coach of all time. On any planet. In any universe. Wow.

  45. boltergeist19 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:04 PM

    Passes have to be in his hands and I still can say a LB can cover him. Old slow and pro ably the 4 option. He is primarily used as a decoy in this offense so that teams think he will be useful. Sorry pay toilets you are not fooling anyone with this signing. I can believe they didn’t draft a TE. This is a highly disposable position and there at least 100 every year to choose from in all of college. 1A, 1AA, 2a, NAIA, help that’s not counting all the power forwards in men’s BB that could easily crossover. This team will finally fall back to earth this year, injuries, or teams finally recognize how to beat them by sending the troops on that porous line – oops I am sorry they just got J. Cooper.

  46. pbinpb57 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:07 PM

    thefootballgodssay says:
    Mar 16, 2016 8:39 PM
    Good upgrade on the o
    But the D sucks Pat’s will lose games 40 -35
    ———————————————–

    Seriously? Pats had a top 10 defense last season.

  47. plum54 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:07 PM

    To all the posters saying he is a negative influence like Brandon Marshall, well, Marshall worked out just fine for the Jets didn’t he!!!
    go Pats!

  48. vikingforlife says: Mar 16, 2016 9:11 PM

    Dear bullcharger, and BINGO was his name-O! I find it funny that Bears’ fans had no problem with Marty B joking around, and being the “Black Unicorn” and now all of a sudden he is a locker room “cancer”. He was always the “go to” guy for Cutler when no one else was, wasn’t he? When did it all go south? I wish him the best of luck in NE, I really do. It’s sad when fans turn on their players like that.

  49. Robert Sylvester says: Mar 16, 2016 9:12 PM

    I’ll rely on BB. He knows what he’s doing and in the Pats culture its all about winning and t-e-a-m.

    If anyone can get him to perform at his peak level its BB & The Pats. Most people with talent and drive get upset when they are around under-achievers. He won’t be in NE.

    B.

  50. igornathanhiggers says: Mar 16, 2016 9:18 PM

    Belichick will never be on Joe Gibbs’ level….He cannot win consistently without Brady…it’s been proven! Bet he retires when Brady does.

  51. ikeclanton says: Mar 16, 2016 9:24 PM

    His ability is good, and he won’t be allowed to be a distraction in NE or he’ll be gone instantly.

    If he’s not as soft as a down pillow (like Chandler last year) he should fit in–that’s IF the team and the coaches get a hold of him early on and get his mind right.

  52. rocksoup342 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:30 PM

    Winning has a way of changing people. There will be a big fat smile on his face. BB and the Pats win again!

  53. patriotseh says: Mar 16, 2016 9:39 PM

    Reminds me of Corey Dillon joining the Pats for their third Superbowl run. Bennett will get on the train to SB#5 if he wants a ring and a good contract next year. Otherwise, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  54. xavier179 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:42 PM

    I am not a Patriots fan, but I have noticed some sizeable gains from them this off season. They should be stronger this coming season.

  55. tedmurph says: Mar 16, 2016 9:49 PM

    Wow, I’m a Pats fan, but I have no problem criticizing them either. This is an awesome move. They tried to do it with Chandler last year and it didn’t work out. Very exciting

  56. wetookavote says: Mar 16, 2016 10:00 PM

    Whiny player goes to play for whiny fan base. Film at 11:00.

  57. philtration says: Mar 16, 2016 10:03 PM

    duke766 says:
    Mar 16, 2016 8:21 PM
    Bennett and one of the Bears three 6th Rd picks for a 4th Rd pick. I’ll take that. Well done Pace.
    ======================================
    The sixth-round pick was originally the Patriots’, which the Bears acquired last year in the Jon Bostic trade.

    In other words, the Bears shipped off Bennett and his whining to move up 77 spots in the draft.

  58. pvdiaz12 says: Mar 16, 2016 10:12 PM

    Good move by Pace, use that 4th round pick for that Iow TE.

  59. fb96 says: Mar 16, 2016 10:17 PM

    trailerparkking and bullcharger–you may not have noticed, but for the last three years, the Bears have had much bigger problems than Cutler. For two years, they had the worst defense in franchise history, giving up nearly 30 ppg. I don’t care who you have at QB, you’re not winning if your D gives up 30 pp. And last year, Cutler was not bad. Not elite, but not bad. TD to INTs better than 2-1 and a QB rating of 92+ I’ll take that from him all day.

  60. fb96 says: Mar 16, 2016 10:20 PM

    Ionlycheer . . . The Bears picked Langford in the 4th and Amos in the 5th last year.

  61. billsfan1 says: Mar 16, 2016 10:32 PM

    the puzzle for BB! Sorry Rex, your one step behind once again.

    Lol….what does Rex have to do with this? Stop consuming yourself with this. It’s kind of ugly..

  62. jhtobias says: Mar 16, 2016 10:43 PM

    he wasn’t going to end up in green bay unless the bears were willing to accept a protected 7th round pick from ted

  63. dino2997 says: Mar 16, 2016 11:17 PM

    I’m sure the disgruntled Bennett who wants to be paid as a Top 5 TE will be very happy to be the 2nd TE option in the year leading up to free agency.

  64. lavtown says: Mar 16, 2016 11:30 PM

    Good move for both teams. Would’ve liked the Bears to have gotten a third rounder instead of a fourth, but I’ll take it. FYI…Langford was a fourth rounder and Amos a fifth.

  65. tattooit says: Mar 16, 2016 11:53 PM

    Remember how he acted when he had to play second fiddle to Witten?

  66. grizzlott says: Mar 17, 2016 1:01 AM

    The Bears drafted Amos in the 4th and Langford in the 3rd last draft. The previous year was Brook Vereen and Emery traded up for Adrian Amos (solid move) in the 4th. Having two picks in the 4th is huge for Pace, great trade for Bears considering Pace wanted him gone since half way through last season.
    _________________________________________

    Actually Amos was the 5th round pick in 2015 (used the pick they got from NY Jets in the Marshall trade) and the pick was made by Pace, not Emery. Langford was the 4th round pick, and Hroniss Grasu was the 3rd rounder.

  67. larryboodry says: Mar 17, 2016 1:53 AM

    My initial reaction was we gave him away, but now that I know we got a 4th. rounder for one of our three 6th. rounders, and rid ourselves of Bennett’s BS, I am happy with the deal. Zach Miller will be a solid (if not flashy) #1 TE for us, and Bennett won’t end up on an NFC rival.

    That being said, the only folks in Chicago who will miss the man are Bears beat writers looking for funny quotes.

  68. psubeerman21 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:30 AM

    It’s only a TE. It’s a nice pickup, but when Brady is suspended the first 4 games, it won’t matter one bit.

  69. dmed782 says: Mar 17, 2016 6:18 AM

    I’m a ‘Patriot-hater’, but this is a smart move on their part.

  70. proudchowdahead13 says: Mar 17, 2016 7:50 AM

    A lot of players change their attitude when coming to the Patriots. And if they don’t, they’re gone!

  71. rideforjesus says: Mar 17, 2016 8:34 AM

    All this negative comments about the man…. same was said about Randy Moss, Corey Dillon….We have a locker room that is capable of bringing people into the fold. This man will fit in fine and help us win games.

  72. 90lions81 says: Mar 17, 2016 8:51 AM

    What the heck are the Bears doing. Let’s get rid of all our good players and keep a turd like Jay Cutler. They have gotten rid of their 3 best offensive players in less than 2 years. (Forte,Marshall, Bennet). The only talent they have left is Long and Jeffery and he’s only good half a season. They better hope White does something this year or they will be worse than the Browns. Langford looks talented but he’s not Forte. Forte should be retiring a Bear.

    I don’t like the Bears but man they seem to be making some Dumb moves.

  73. muckey says: Mar 17, 2016 10:01 AM

    Bassplucker,

    The Bears drafted Amos in the 4th and Langford in the 3rd last draft. The previous year was Brook Vereen and Emery traded up for Adrian Amos (solid move) in the 4th. Having two picks in the 4th is huge for Pace, great trade for Bears considering Pace wanted him gone since half way through last season.

    ____________________

    Wrong. Bears drafted Grasu in the 3rd, Langford in the 4th and Amos in the 5th.

  74. stevedenetz says: Mar 17, 2016 10:11 AM

    s..t, packer fan here hoping we might have gottin him… actually a great move by both teams… scary te combination in new England and the bears essentially traded a 6th round for a 4th. had they released him, they would have got nothing in return except addition by subtraction…s..t

  75. larryboodry says: Mar 17, 2016 11:36 AM

    @ 90lions81:

    You are conveniently forgetting the fact that the Bears have significantly upgraded their defense, and as Imentioned above, Zach Miller will be a steady TE for them without the whining or distractions. Marshall wore out his welcome, and Forte , while still productive, is 30 years old…past the age when many RBs hit the wall.

    Will the Bears miss Bennett’s production on the field? Sure. But they won’t miss his behavior off it. And the D will allow less points, meaning the offense won’t need to score as much to win.

  76. vikingforlife says: Mar 17, 2016 11:56 AM

    Stop it already. There is nothing wrong with Bennett. Face the facts. The Bears are a TRAINWRECK! Quit blaming players like Matt Forte and Marty B for the shortcomings of an organization that just can’t get it right. When I heard they didn’t even TRY to keep Matt in Chicago, I lost what little respect I still had for that organization. And now, a guy I listened to all of you joke with and praise not that long ago, you condemn and say you are happy to see him leave. What kind of fan base are you?? sad, sad, sad….

  77. rvz22 says: Mar 17, 2016 12:17 PM

    Zach Miller is nowhere near as good a blocker as Bennett is. The Bears will miss him on the field this year. Take away Forte and as others have pointed out, Marshall last year and you have a very mediocre offense, unless you think Cutler is going to step up his game. I agree the writing was on the wall with this move but at least Pace didn’t get fleeced like he did last year with Marshall. The Bears need to be relying more on their drafts going forward and hopefully this will help there.

  78. 1historian says: Mar 17, 2016 7:15 PM

    I’ve said this many times over the years – as long as the McClosky family owns the Bears they are going to average out at mediocre.

    And that should not be. The Bears fans have been there for generations, they supported the team or almost 100 years, they have families with season tickets going back 3 or 4 generations and they (the fans) are stuck with an incompetent organization. In a very real sense the Bears ARE pro football, and they deserve a team to be proud of, or at least to respect.

    FYI – I am a Pats’ fan and the 1985 Bears remain the best team I ever saw.

  79. vikingforlife says: Mar 18, 2016 6:32 AM

    Oh, please, stop with the Bears ARE pro football adage. That is so beyond ridiculous. I have had to listen to that my entire life living in the Chicagoland area (not my choice and soon to leave-) There are 32 NFL teams. Each year we compete to be the best. If you truly are a Pat’s fan as you say (which I truly doubt), you would be thumping your chest, because let’s face it, the Patriot’s OWN football right now. Not the Bears or any other team. I want it to be my Vikings and I hope someday soon it is…
    The 1985 Bears are done, over, in the rearview mirror. You need to get over it as well as they do.

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