The Green Bay Packers have agreed to a contract with a free agent tight end.
No, not Jared Cook. Seriously.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers are signing tight end Martellus Bennett, who played last season with the New England Patriots. This comes in light of reports Friday that talks broke down between the Packers and Jared Cook, who is now expected to sign elsewhere.
Bennett turns 30 years old today. In his nine years in the NFL. He has recorded 403 receptions for 4,287 yards and 30 touchdowns. Last season with the Patriots, Bennett caught 55 of 73 targets for 701 yards — a 12.7 yard average — and 7 scores.
Terms of the contract have not yet been reported, but this is almost certainly a multi-year deal. (Update: USA Today reports that it is indeed for multiple years.) Stay tuned and we will bring you more details as they become available.
Bennett returns to the NFC North, where he played from 2013 through 2015 with the Chicago Bears. He also earned a Pro Bowl honor in 2014, when he had 90 catches for 916 yards and six scores.
UPDATE: The contact is for three years at a total value of $18.45 million. This is confirmed to be lower than Jared Cook's asking price.