Martellus Bennett might not have been as good of a receiver as Eli Manning made him look last year. Eli has made tight ends like Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard look better than they were before. However, he’s athletic and should still be able to produce as a receiver, even if he doesn’t match the 55 catches for 626 yards and 5 touchdowns he had last season. He’s also a phenomenal blocker and was overall ProFootballFocus’ 5th ranked tight end last season. He was even 10th rated in 2011 stuck behind Jason Witten, because of his blocking.
I thought, overall, he was a better available tight end than Jared Cook, who is unproven as a receiver and doesn’t block at all. Cook got a ridiculous 38.5 million over 5 years with 19 million guaranteed, while Bennett got just 20.4 million over 4 years with 5.215 million guaranteed, which is a much better deal. He’ll be infinitely better than incumbent starting tight end Kellen Davis and help out Jay Cutler a lot. This was definitely a need and the Bears filled it for a reasonable part with the best tight end on the market (other than Tony Gonzalez, who wasn’t leaving Atlanta).