ESPN The Chicago Bears are trading tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The teams are finalizing a deal, but the Patriots will also receive a sixth-round draft choice in exchange for Bennett, according to sources.
CBS The Shea McClellin era is officially over in Chicago. The often-maligned Bears defensive end/linebacker of the past four years, McClellin has reached an agreement on a three-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night. McClellin’s exit from Chicago was expected after the Bears recently signed linebackers Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman.
The New England Patriots shocked the NFL world when they unexpectedly traded one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, Chandler Jones, to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for offensive guard Jonathan Cooper and a second round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. However they quickly made moves to replace Jones, signing veteran pass rushers Chris Long (54.5 career sacks) and Shea McClellin (7.5 career sacks) in consecutive days. It is also known that, before the 2012 NFL Draft the Patriots loved Shea McClellin, and before the 2013 NFL Draft the Patriots loved Jonathan Cooper. The Patriots also traded for a huge target for Tom Brady in the passing game, Martellus Bennett is 6’6 273lbs and is a big bodied weapon who is a perfect complement for Rob Gronkowski. Patriots fans will also love Bennett off the field, the man who calls himself “The Black Unicorn” is one of the funniet players in the NFL, and they also will love his play on the field as Bennett has 340 career catches and 23 touchdowns.