Bears address tight end first with Giants' Bennett

Bears address tight end first with Giants' Bennett
March 12, 2013, 3:45 pm
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The anticipated NFL free-agency dominoes started falling Tuesday, albeit in all sorts of directions with the onset of the open signing period for 2013.

One fell almost immediately in the direction of the Bears.

Addressing a major need in a West Coast offense, the Bears agreed to a contract with tight end Martellus Bennett, luring him away from the New York Giants with a four-year deal, sources said.

Bennett, 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, caught 55 passes last season, more than either Kellen Davis (47) or Matt Spaeth (49) have for their careers and dramatically more than the combined catches last season for all Bears tight ends (33).

He is expected into Chicago Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings locked up right tackle Phil Loadholt with a multi-year contract, as first reported by Tom Peliserro of AM 1500 in Minneapolis. Loadholt was due to hit free agency but the Vikings were working on keeping Loadholt in place opposite left tackle Matt Kalil for the foreseeable future.