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.