PRO CAREER: Enters first season with the Bears after hauling in 140 receptions for 1,472 yards (10.5 ypc) and 9 touchdowns in 76 games (47 starts) over five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2008-11) and New York Giants (2012)… During the postseason, has played in 2 contests with 1 start, gathering 3 receptions for 27 yards… Set career-highs in 2012 with 55 receptions, 626 receiving yards and 5 TD catches… Appeared in at least 14 contests in all five seasons in the NFL and all 16 contests in three seasons (2008, 2010 and 2012).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entered the NFL as a second-round pick (61st overall) by Dallas in the 2008 NFL Draft... Signed a 4-year contract with the Cowboys (7/24/08)... Signed 1-year contract with the New York Giants (3/14/12)... Signed 4-year contract with Chicago (3/12/13). SIGNED through 2016
2012 SEASON: Started all 16 games for the Giants, establishing career-highs with 55 receptions, 626 receiving yards (11.4 ypc) and 5 TD catches… 5 receptions of 25-plus yards were tied for sixth in the NFL among tight ends… Established careerhigh 82 receiving yards at WAS (12/3). GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-16
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in 14 games with 7 starts for Dallas… Grabbed 17 catches for 144 yards (8.5 ypc). 2010 - Appeared in all 16 contests for Dallas with 11 starts… Collected 33 receptions for 260 yards (7.9 ypc). 2009 - Started 6 of 14 contests played during the regular season for the Cowboys… Gathered 15 receptions for 159 yards (10.6 ypc)… Missed 2 games: vs. SD (12/13) and at NO (12/19) due to concussion suffered at NYG (12/6)… Appeared in both postseason contests for Dallas, starting 1, hauling in 3 receptions for 27 yards. 2008 - During rookie season in Dallas, appeared in all 16 games with 7 starts, recording 20 receptions for 283 yards (14.2 ypc) with 4 TDs… Made NFL debut at CLE (9/7)… Started first career contest vs. PHI (9/15)… Caught TD pass in 3 consecutive games (at WAS, 11/16; vs. SF, 11/23; at SEA, 11/27) to become third rookie in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining Bob Hayes (1965) and Antonio Bryant (2002).
COLLEGE: Finished his Texas A&M career with 105 receptions, 1,246 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns… His 105 receptions tied the school career record for TEs with Rod Bernstine (1983-86) and his receiving yardage total set an Aggie tight end career record…Holds school record with at least 1 reception in 29 consecutive games… Lettered twice for the Texas A&M basketball team, appearing in 26 games as a reserve forward during the 2005-06 season… Communications major.
PERSONAL: Attended Alief High School in Taylor, Texas, where he was a 3-year starter at TE… Consensus prep All-America selection, a 2-time all-district and all-greater Houston choice… Earned first-team Class 5A all-state honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2004… Also played basketball, picking up all-greater Houston accolades in 2004-05 as a senior… Married to the former Siggi Walker.
Martellus Bennett talks to the media following the preseason game against Jacksonville.
Senior writer Larry Mayer reports from practice in Bourbonnais.
Tight end Martellus Bennett addresses the media following his return to the team Sunday after being suspended.
Tight end Martellus Bennett spoke with the media following Monday's practice.