Defensive end Michael Bennett will not be joining his brother Martellus with the Chicago Bears.
Michael Bennett and the Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms on a four-year contract Monday, according to a report by ProFootballTalk.com. The deal prevents Bennett, expected to be one of the top free-agent pass rushers, from reaching the open market.
The Bears now must seek other options to fortify their pass rush with free agency set to begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson is unlikely to sign with the Bears, according to one person familiar with the situation. Defensive end Everson Griffin re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings over the weekend.
Bennett’s deal with the Seahawks is expected to be worth approximately $34 million, according to an ESPN report.
Bears tight end Martellus Bennett openly recruited his brother for weeks, including a Monday morning appearance on NFL Network, but to no avail. Martellus made it clear he wanted a family reunion in Chicago a year after he joined the Bears as a free agent.
“It’s a great argument,” Michael said during their appearace together. “He got great points, but, man, I got to leave it suspenseful for the next couple of hours and go home and make the right decision. It’s really hard, though. So many things play a key into the decision of where your future, where you’re going to play at. But hey, I love my brother. He is one of the best tight ends in the league, so it’s going to be hard.”
“The No. 1 thing is family,” Martellus said. “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.”
That’s not true, of course. Several brothers have played together, including Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer, who played for the Bengals with his brother, Carson, from 2007-10. But that didn’t stop Martellus from continuing his pitch.
“If the contract is not the numbers that you want, you got to think about the market and off the field,” he said. “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.”