By Adam Hoge-
(CBS) — Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has not been shy about recruiting his brother to Chicago, and the campaign continued Monday on the NFL Network.
With reports swirling that Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is expected to sign with the Bears Tuesday, he and his brother debuted a new weekly segment on NFL AM Monday morning. Not surprisingly, it turned into a Martellus Bennett recruiting pitch.
“The number one thing is family,” Martellus said. “You’re going to paid wherever you get paid, but this is history. I don’t think there have ever been two brothers to play on the same team.”
Martellus’ biggest selling point appears to be the marketing opportunities in Chicago, something he was quick to take advantage of during his first season with the Bears.
“If the contract’s not the numbers you want, you got to think about the market off the field,” Martellus said. “We could do Doublemint commercials. Look at Duck Dynasty, talk about the black Duck Dynasty right now, you and me, bro.”
Martellus even threw in a little negative recruiting with a shot toward Seattle: “None of those things are tech, or coffee, so, I mean, Seattle, that’s what they’re offering you. So come on down to Chicago, man.”
Michael Bennett wasn’t ready to make any announcements, as he can’t sign anything until 3 p.m. CT Tuesday.
“It’s a great argument, he’s got great points, but I got to leave it suspenseful for the next couple hours and go home and make the right decision,” Michael said. “It’s really hard, so many things play into the decision of where you’re going to play. But hey, I love my brother and he’s one of the best tight ends in the league, so it’s going to be hard.”
The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that two officials from other NFL teams expect the defensive end to sign with the Bears when free agency officially opens Tuesday.
Adam Hoge covers the Bears for CBSChicago.com and is a frequent contributor to 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamHoge.