Free agent defensive end Michael Bennett is one of the top available players on the market that will open Tuesday afternoon, and the Chicago Bears are emerging as the front-runner to land his services.
Bennett, who spent last season with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, has been linked to the Bears for the past few weeks thanks in part to his brother, tight end Martellus Bennett, who has some interesting plans about what could be in store if the two join forces in the Windy City.
Martellus Bennett has made no secret about wanting to play with his older brother, and his hope is that they could create the "Black Duck Dynasty" in Chicago.
“The No. 1 thing is family,” Martellus said, via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. “You’re going to get paid wherever you get paid, but to be able to play -- this is history. Two brothers -- I don’t think there’s ever been two brothers that played on the same team."
Bennett might need to brush up on his NFL siblings history as more than 60 sets of brothers have shared the field for the same team.
“If the contract is not the numbers that you want, you got to think about the market and off the field," Martellus Bennett pitched his brother. "We could do Doublemint commercials. Look at Duck Dynasty. Talk about the Black Duck Dynasty right now. Me and you, bro. So it’s just a lot of opportunity. Chicago is the best fans, unique city, great opportunities business-wise, which I know there’s a lot of things you want to do off the field after football. None of those things are tech or coffee, so, I mean, Seattle, that’s what they’re offering you. So come on down to Chicago, man.
“Usually when you go from another team to another team, you may have a friend there. You may just be jumping into the water. But there there’s a bridge. Your brother is the bridge.”
In addition to the marketing possibilities and reality TV show pitches, Michael Bennett is pretty good on the field, too. He made 8.5 sacks, forced four fumbles and recovered three for the Seahawks last year.
For a team like the Bears that needs to sure up the defensive side of the ball, the signing would certainly offer a full package.