(CBS) Bears fans got their first look at the new pieces added by general manager Phil Emery on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bears officially introduced tight end Martellus Bennett and left tackle Jermon Bushrod at an afternoon press conference held at the team’s Walter Payton Center. Emery opened up the presser by saying these two additions ultimately bring the Bears closer to a Super Bowl.
“It was a long process, an exciting process,” Emery said of the flurry of Bears activity on Tuesday. “We were able to add a starting left tackle, an upgrade at that position … We were able to add a weapon to our offense, another target for our quarterback. Being able to add those two positions will open up the draft to us … to also add to the weapons on our team and upgrade the talent base in our effort to win championships.”
In need of a pass-catching, run-blocking tight end, the Bears locked up Bennett with a four-deal worth a reported $20 million just as free agency opened on Tuesday. He spent his first four seasons in Dallas before signing a one-year deal with the Giants last season. In 2012, Bennett, 26, caught 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns.
“Right now, I feel like I can just relax and really, really play,” Bennett told The Boers and Bernstein Show. “I don’t have anything hanging over my head. I have security and I can just really focus on my game and grow as a player. Last year, I had chances to take three-year deals at different places, but I didn’t feel like it was what I was worth, so sometimes you just have to bet on yourself in life.”