Patriots reportedly trading for tight end Martellus Bennett

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) dances in the end zone after a touchdown against the Raiders in October 2015. AP

The New England Patriots remain busy.

The Patriots are acquiring tight end Martellus Bennett from the Chicago Bears in a trade involving draft picks, according to ESPN and

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Neither the Patriots or Bears had announced the deal as of Wednesday night.

Citing unnamed sources, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the deal was still being finalized. Both reports indicated the Bears are set to receive a fourth-round pick in the deal while sending a sixth-round pick to New England.

Additional late-round compensation was still being worked out, according to CSNNE’s Tom Curran.


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Bennett, 29, has spent the last three seasons with the Bears, racking up 14 touchdowns and 2,114 yards on 208 receptions over 43 games. Drafted out of Texas A&M in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Cowboys, Bennett spent four seasons in Dallas and one with the Giants before arriving in Chicago. He earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2014.

As noted by Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, Bennett arrives in New England on the final year of his current contract.

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With the Patriots, Bennett would team with Rob Gronkowski to form a formidabble tight end tandem. In 2015, the Patriots paired Gronkowski with Scott Chandler, who was released after the season.


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