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Ex-Cowboy Bennett Named Bears Player of the Year

Martellus Bennett was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys back in 2008

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Ex-Cowboy Bennett Named Bears Player of the Year

Former Cowboy Martellus Bennett seems to have finally found a home in the NFL.

Bennett, who spent four seasons saddled behind Jason Witten on the Cowboys’ depth chart, departed for the New York Giants in 2012. He moved on to Chicago in 2013, where he had a career-year, with 65 catches, 759 yards (both career highs) and five touchdown catches (which ties a career high).

It was such a nice year for Bennett, both on and off the field, that he has been named the Bears’ Player of the Year. He will be honored next Monday at the Comcast SportsNet Awards at the Hilton Chicago & Towers.

For some perspective on his emergence with the Bears, Bennett had just 85 catches and four touchdowns in his four seasons with Dallas. Since his departure, Dallas has looked to the draft to replace Bennett, taking James Hanna in 2012 and Gavin Escobar in 2013. However, neither has turned into the blocker that Bennett was (and continues to be), and they’ve both struggled to get looks alongside Witten, Dez Bryant & co.

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