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Bears move quickly to address the tight end position

Chicago closing in on deal to land free agent Martellus Bennett. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This March 12, 2013, 04:21 PM EST

The Chicago Bears haven’t had a tight end who caught more than 25 passes in a season since Greg Olsen hauled in 41 receptions back in 2010. Recognizing that this was a problem in today’s NFL, the Bears moved quickly to upgrade the position once the free agent market opened up on Tuesday.

While no contract has been signed as of the moment, it looks as if former New York Giant Martellus Bennett is on his way to becoming the newest member of the Chicago Bears. Per a tweet from Bennett on Tuesday afternoon, “I’m proud to say I’ll be joining my other brother @bmarshall next season. #BEARDOWN”

Bennett went on to tweet, “No deal done. Just know that’s where I wanna be.”

Despite having already notched five years of service in the National Football League, Bennett is only 26-years-old and is coming off the most productive season of his career. In 16 games with the Giants last season, the Texas A&M product recorded 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns.

The additional weapon should make quarterback Jay Cutler a bit happier on this Tuesday afternoon. Now, if only the Bears could figure out a way to give the guy some much-needed protection…

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