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Report: Patriots acquire TE Martellus Bennett

The Patriots were among the quietest teams in the first week of free agency, but let's just say they're making up for lost time. What could best be described as a whirlwind of activity in the second week continued on Wednesday as New England acquired veteran tight end Martellus Bennett from Chicago in a deal that involved the swapping draft picks.

This according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who indicated the Patriots would be sending a fourth-rounder to the Bears and getting back a sixth-rounder while additional compensation was still being ironed out.

The Bennett trade comes a day after the team jettisoned Chandler Jones to Arizona for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick (No. 61 overall).

Bennett, 29, is a gifted receiver who turned in a tremendous season just two years ago when he caught 90 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns. While his production dropped precipitously last year – 53 receptions, 439 yards, 3 TDs in 11 games – he is still would represent a significant addition to the offense.

Playing alongside Rob Gronkowski, the duo could provide the type a two-tight-end looks the team featured when Aaron Hernandez was racked up big numbers in New England.

Bennett is entering the final year of his contract and is due a base salary of $5.085 million. Although he fell out of favor in Chicago – one report indicated the Bears have been trying to trade him for 18 months – there's no denying his talent and Bill Belichick could finally have the type of versatility he craves to run his two-tight-end offense.

Hi Tom I'm Marty. Let's do this.

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