Bears better even on tight budget
New left tackle Jermon Bushrod will make life easier for Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense. New tight end Martellus Bennett will, too, and he’ll make life more entertaining, too.
Bushrod, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, will provide the pass protection and especially the consistency that J’Marcus Webb did not the past two years. And that Chris Williams, Frank Omiyale and Orlando Pace did not in the two years before that.
“It makes life easier, that's for sure,” Cutler said Wednesday on ESPN-1000. “Not only for me, just for game planning. Take a guy like that, stick him over there and say, 'You've got that guy. (We) don't have to worry about him. You got him.' The rest of the line can kind of turn and slide the other way. So, (it’s a) similar situation in Denver, when I had Ryan Clady as a rookie (in 2008). He made game planning easy for us.”
It’s probably not be an exaggeration to say Bennett gives the Bears a more complete tight end than they’ve had since Da Coach was a player. And he maybe talks as well as he plays.
"I have no problem talking to anybody,” Bennett said. “You probably won't get the answers you want (or expect), or we probably won't talk about football all the time. But I enjoy talking to people. I have a lot of interests, and I do a lot of research on random stuff.
“I don't know a lot about anything, but I know a little bit about a lot. That's what I pride myself on, knowing a little bit about a lot of things so I can jump in conversations.”
If Bennett duplicates the 55 catches and 626 yards he put up last season, or, if he continues to get better, as he and Bears general manager Phil Emery anticipate, he can talk as much or as little as he wants.
Considering the limited finances Emery had to work with in free agency, he did a lot better than most expected.