NFL free-agency: Chicago Bears release tight end Kellen Davis after signing Martellus Bennett
Last Updated: 16/03/13 3:52pm
Martellus Bennett: Career-best season for New York Giants
Chicago have released tight end Kellen Davis a day after signing Martellus Bennett from the New York Giants.
Bennett spent only one season with the Giants after leaving Dallas, and he posted career highs in 2012 as he hauled in 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns.
The Giants failed to tie him down to a long-term contract before he became a free agent, and he has now agreed a four-year deal with the Bears believed to be worth around $20m.
"We need a tight end that can create stress in the middle of the field or wherever we place him because we're going to line him up next to the tackle," said Bears tight end coach Andy Bischoff.
"We're going to line him up outside the numbers. We're going to line up in the backfield, and we're going to expect the defence to figure it out.
"So we need a receiver who can catch the ball, and we need a receiver who can block enough to be lined up in the backfield if we put him there.
"The days of the tight end that blocked and ran flat routes in this league are coming to an end. The guys that just run three-yard flat routes, that's not going to do anything for you."
Davis made 80 appearances, 35 as a starter, in his five seasons with the Bears, catching 49 passes for 571 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns.