The Chicago Bears and free agent defensive end Michael Bennett have been connected to one another for weeks, though, it was not until Saturday that the team could officially speak with Bennett during the NFL’s anti-tampering window.
On Saturday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears and Bennett share a mutual interest. Biggs writes that the Bears are in play Bennett.
Bennett is set to receive a hefty increase in pay from his one-year, $4.8 million deal that he signed with the Seattle Seahawks last off-season. Bennett now stands as one of the top free agents on the market and if he were to sign with the Bears, that would almost undoubtedly signal the end of Julius Peppers‘ time with the team.
With the Super Bowl champion Seahawks last season, Bennett record 8.5 sacks for the team while also proving to be a disruptive force during the team’s playoff run.
Bennett is the brother of Bears starting tight end Martellus Bennett. Martellus began the recruitment of his brother in January as he shared that it was always a dream of the siblings to play on the same team together.
Michael Bennett would be the dream acquisition for the Bears. The Bears need a defensive line that is able to get in the backfield and disrupt the rhythm of opposing offenses. The Bears did not do that last season. That would be why, in 2014, Michael Bennett could be the player that Peppers was when he first signed with the Bears in 2011. With the only difference being that Bennett is entering the prime of his career.