Sep 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) hits Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Jacksonville 45-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears Didn't Miss Much With Michael Bennett


It wasn’t a surprise that the Chicago Bears had interest in defensive end Michael Bennett, but their missing out on him is hardly the end of the world.  Here are some reasons why.

Martellus Bennett connection overshadowed lack of brother’s star power

Why was there so much hoopla happening over Michael Bennett?  That is a question I keep asking myself over and over as Bears fans feel the first sting of free agency when news dropped the defensive end was declining their offers returning to the Seattle Seahawks on a four-year deal.  Bennett is a good player, no doubt about it but is it fair to assume that much of the hype surrounding his coming to Chicago was more due to the constant urges from his younger brother Martellus Bennett, currently the starting tight end, to join him with the team.  Martellus said it was a dream of his that he and Michael would play on the same pro team and it made perfect sense that big brother would come over in free agency since the Bears need help at defensive end.

He would never have been a serious replacement for Julius Peppers

Yet what were the realistic expectations?  As stated before, Michael Bennett is a good player.  He had a very disruptive year for the Seahawks in 2013, posting 8.5 sacks and creating some key turnovers in big games.  Sometimes that sort of high-profile coverage can blind people to the truth.  At the end of the day Bennett had just 1.5 more sacks than Julius Peppers who had 14 more tackles, one more forced fumble and one more interception while officially starting 13 more games than Bennett did.  In reality Bennett is a situational pass rusher.  A very good one, yes, but not much more than that.  At age 28 he has never posted double digit sacks in his career and he had a lot of his success last season playing next to some dynamic rushers in that Seattle front, not to mention in front of the best secondary in the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks already achieved one goal that motivated Bennett

Speaking of those Seahawks, it’s also very important to point out that the Chicago Bears almost paid big money to a player who it could be argued was one fat contract away from losing his realistic motivation for playing professional football.  After all, most athletes in the NFL strive for two goals:  getting paid and winning a championship.  Thanks to Seattle, Michael Bennett has already accomplished one of those goals.  If Chicago had brought him in with a big new deal, they may have been paying a player who, like so many before, had lost that edge to compete at the highest level because they had their ring and now had their money.  What is left to sacrifice their physical well being for?

The Chicago Bears didn’t get a player they needed as NFL free agency approaches.  That doesn’t mean Michael Bennett would’ve been a player they wanted.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Chicago Bears Julius Peppers Martellus Bennett Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks

  • lolona

    Sour grapes …

  • bearisity

    That’s fine they can keep him. Still curious to see what phil has up his sleeve.

    • Erik Lambert

      There’s more than one way to build a defense. He could easily switch to an assault on the secondary and then turn his draft focus to the defensive line. It’s all about having secondary and tertiary plans.

  • http://www.goodshepherdamericanbullies.com Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    I’ve already said I think he’s over rated. And I was thinkin the same thing, why so much hype for a guy with 8.5 sacks ? Idonije used to get that many

    • Erik Lambert

      As I said. He’s a good player, not a great one. I’d prefer to spend my money on young guys with big upside who still have something to prove.

    • Erik Lambert

      Word is the Bears have shifted their focus to Lamarr Houston.

  • Kevin Bilbro

    No. It’s all because DUH Bearsssssss defense sucks.

    • Erik Lambert

      How is that in anyway connected to what I’m talking about in this article?

  • Shawn Choi

    Whatever makes you feel better…

    Fact of the matter is, we got a very effective player at a RELATIVELY bargain price.

    • Erik Lambert

      Careful with the word very there, Shawn. Again, never said Bennett was bad. He made his share of plays but I also don’t put him anywhere near the level of a J.J. Watt, Robert Quinn or a Jared Allen. Would he have been as effective if he weren’t as fresh and playing in front of the best secondary in football? He should’ve had 15 sacks, Shawn.

      • Shawn Choi

        Don’t get me wrong, I never said Bennett was worth top dollar, BY ANY MEANS. in fact I was glad when the hawks released Bennett when it seemed like he was asking for a fat contract. Anyways, I really dont care what you read on ESPN; sack #s don’t paint the whole picture of how productive/disruptive a DL player is. Point is, Bennett is, in fact, a very effective (not top dollar effective) player considering he got his production as a rotational player.

        • Erik Lambert

          Very true and he should continue to help your team. The Bears will simply move on in another direction because at the end of the day Bennett was never going to rescue their defense by himself.

    • Erik Lambert

      By the way, you don’t have to take my word for it. ESPN said the same thing.

  • Raymond

    Actually Bennett is a complete player. Gave constant pressure, while also being good against the run. Played multiple positions and his numbers where “down” because he only had to play a little over half the snaps. Bennett chose a winner over a joke franchise

    • Erik Lambert

      I already made my argument above, Raymond. I never said Bennett was a bad player. I said there is no reason for a team to feel bad if they miss on him. And as I recall, not too long ago people were calling the Seahawks a joke too. Enjoy the honey moon while it lasts.

      • bearisity

        I agree

  • RegisHawk

    Closet bitter much? Which team does your passive-aggressive agenda serve?

    • Erik Lambert

      Not bitter at all, just stating an opinion backed by facts.

    • RegisHawk

      “…just stating an opinion backed by facts”

      No, more like twisting facts to make your opinion sound palatable. Not buying it. Don’t know why you feel the need to bash the Seahawks…I’ve seen several of your articles to that effect (which is a fact), Perhaps you need to examine your own motivations for such behavior…and that’s my opinion (and several others’ as well).

      • Erik Lambert

        Pot. Kettle. Black.

        • RegisHawk

          Yep…definitely bitter.