NFL teams can officially begin negotiating with free agents at 3 p.m. Tuesday, but as of Saturday the courtship began.
Monday morning on the NFL Network, tight end Martellus Bennett took over as pitchman for the Bears trying to lure his brother, defensive end/tackle Michael Bennett, to Chicago.
"There's a bridge," the younger Bennett told his older brother, Michael. "Your brother is the bridge. Chicago loves the Bennetts, bro!"
Martellus Bennett told Michael if the dollars weren't there he should consider the business and marketing opportunities off the field, too.
"I mean we could do Doublemint commercials, look at Duck Dynasty, talk about the Black Duck Dynasty right now! C'mon bro, there's just a lot of opportunity. Chicago's the best fans, unique city, great opportunity."
The Bennett brothers grew up in Louisiana playing football, but Martellus Bennett even tweeted out a picture of brother Michael in a Bulls Michael Jordan jersey at the age of 12. "You buy Jordans all the time!" Martellus Bennett laughed. "The Chicago Bulls jersey is cool, but we can get you one with #23 or #72 on the back, we can get it done."
Michael Bennett, who had 31 tackles, 8.5 sacks and a forced fumble last year en route to a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks, was coy in responding.
"Don't start rumors yet," he warned the host. "You just got to stay tuned man. Like a successful movie, I got to leave it suspenseful right now."
The Bennetts made their first appearance on a new segment called "Bro to Bro" on NFL Network's morning show, causing Martellus Bennett to try to convince his older brother of one year that two brothers on the same team would make history.
It wouldn't. All he needs to do is look across the Bears locker room at backup quarterback Jordan Palmer who signed with the Bears after backing up his brother Carson in Cincinnati. Still Michael Bennett was amused.
"It's a great argument, he's got great points," he said, "but man I got to leave it suspenseful for the next couple of hours. You know, go home and make the right decisions. It's really hard... I love my brother and he's one of the best tight ends in the league, it's going to be hard."