CHICAGO (CBSNewYork/AP) — Free-agent tight end Martellus Bennett has signed a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to multiple reports.
Soon after free agency got under way at 4 p.m., the former Giant tweeted: “I’m proud to say I’ll be joining my other brother @bmarshall next season. #BEARDOWN.”
He wrote moments later that the deal is not complete, but Chicago is where he wants to be.
The Bears were looking for a tight end who can catch and block, and they addressed one of their biggest needs by bringing in Bennett.
Bennett spent his first four seasons in Dallas before signing a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Giants last March. He had career highs with 55 receptions, 626 yards and five touchdowns.
But New York also made an addition on Tuesday.
The G-Men agreed to sign cornerback Aaron Ross, according to multiple reports. Ross played with the Giants from 2007-2011 — winning two Super Bowls in the process — before signing a three-year, $15.3 million deal with Jacksonville on March 20, 2012.
The 30-year-old was released by the Jags on March 8, 2013 following a rather forgettable season. In 14 games played, the former first-round pick recorded 46 tackles but didn’t force a fumble or intercept a pass.
Ross tallied 200 tackles, 10 interceptions and two touchdowns in his five seasons with the Giants.
Are you sad to see Bennett go? How do you feel about the Aaron Ross reunion? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)