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:
— Martellus Bennett (@JoeGryffindor) March 12, 2013
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.