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Tight End Martellus Bennett Is Bears' First Free Agent Signing

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    Martellus Bennett #85 of the New York Giants celebrates his touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints on December 9, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    One of the Bears' biggest needs heading into free agency was immediately addressed. Martellus Bennett, the tight end for the New York Giants, has agreed to a four-year deal with the Bears. 

    Bennett shared the news over his Twitter account:  

    Bennett is in his fifth season in the NFL, and had five touchdowns for New York last season. He's known more as a blocker, but is an effective receiver. He had 626 receiving yards last season on 55 catches. 

    Last season, Kellen Davis was the Bears' starting tight end, but struggled as a pass catcher. He was targeted 44 times, but caught the ball just 19 times. He also struggled with leg injuries. If the Bears let go of Davis, they'll free up $1.35 million in valuable salary cap space. If he sticks around, he will have to compete for a starting job.