On Monday afternoon the Bears pursuit of the best defensive end on the free agent market, Michael Bennett, ended before it ever really began. But just because the Bears lost out on Bennett, who took less money to stay in Seattle, that doesn’t mean they’re sitting back licking their wounds.
According to Ian Rapoport the Bears have already moved on to their next target.
As for the deal Bennett is getting, PFT reports that it’s $28.5 million over four years, and according to Brad Biggs, the Bears may have made a bigger offer. So when you combine that with the fact that Bennett didn’t even wait for free agency to officially begin, it sure seems like he just wanted to stay in Seattle, doesn’t it?
The math isn’t hard to figure out. The Bears need to make an upgrade on the defensive line this offseason, and one of the quickest ways to do that is on the free agent market. There just so happens to be a defensive end on the market named Michael Bennett, who happens to be the brother of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. The same Martellus Bennett the Bears signed to a four-year $20 million deal last offseason.
So guess who the Bears are expected to go after pretty hard? Well, your mom was totally lying to you when she told you that you were smart, but it turns out you’re not entirely stupid either. It’s Michael Bennett.