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Martellus Bennett to Patriots: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) dances on the end zone after a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2016

The New England Patriots and Chicago Bears agreed to terms Wednesday on a trade that will send tight end Martellus Bennett to the defending AFC East champions in exchange for draft-pick compensation, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed the news while CSN New England's Tom E. Curran reported the Patriots will ship a fourth-round pick to the Bears and receive a sixth-round pick in return. Curran also noted that other late-round compensation is "still being worked out."

Bennett took to Instagram to comment on the move:

"Just try to go where the wind blows," Bennett told reporters on Thursday regarding the deal. "Be a dandelion."

Bennett, who is entering the final year of his contract, will carry a $5.185 million cap hit and leave $1.125 million worth of dead money on the Bears' books, per Spotrac on Twitter. 

Bennett was limited to 11 appearances last season because of injuries, and his numbers understandably took a dip as a result. 

Martellus Bennett's Production Since 2010
SeasonTargetsRec.Rec. YdsTD
201047332600
201126171440
201289556265
201394657595
2014128909166
201580534393
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

On Thursday, Bennett spoke about his health, telling reporters"I'm healthy. I prefer my ribs barbecued."

However, Bennett's first two seasons in the Windy City pointed to the kind of weapon he can be if featured properly. As NFL.com's Chris Wesseling noted, Bennett posted numbers in 2014 that placed him in the Pro Bowl: 

From a more macro perspective, Schefter explained that the Patriots are sitting pretty after adding another wrinkle to a passing attack already heralded as one of the NFL's most dangerous: 

Wesseling echoed Schefter by rattling off some of the other versatile pass-catchers quarterback Tom Brady will have at his disposal: 

Considering defenses are already consumed by the task of trying to stop tight end Rob Gronkowski in the red zone, adding a 6'7", 248-pound mammoth target like Bennett to the equation could make the Patriots a matchup nightmare. 

With Bennett, Gronkowski and Julian Edelman all capable of lining up in the slot or on the outside, the Patriots should have the luxury of mixing and matching personnel and throwing out unique looks to keep defenses off balance.

So while a bounce-back season may not be in order for Bennett from a raw statistical perspective, he should be a key component of how the Patriots scheme to score when they get deep inside enemy territory. 

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