It was only so long ago where every one was best friends to go with sunshine and rainbows around Halas Hall.
But the first glance never tells the full story.
Former Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, has never shied away from the spotlight. It isn’t out of the question to assume he enjoys the extra attention. Since being traded to the New England Patriots this past offseason, Bennett has criticized his old teammates at every opportunity- especially Jay Cutler.
In an ESPN “E:60” profile that aired this past Wednesday, Bennett continued his war of words on Cutler and the Bears.
“We just had a bunch of b——es on the roster — that’s why we didn’t win games — and coaches liked the b——es” said Bennett in the profile.
When it came to Cutler, Bennett did hold back either.
“"Some people that you want to be a leader are not the guy that's the leader," continued Bennett. "And everyone in the locker room knows that this is not the leader, but this is what you want the face of the team to look like."
Earlier this week, showing brutal honesty, Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery did not hold back when asked about it, according to CSN Chicago.
“Why didn’t he say that while he was here?”, responded Jeffery, giving his take on the star-crossed tight end’s comments.
Bennett was here three seasons and never bothered to air any of these grievances to his teammates’ faces. It seems only until after he’s jettisoned out of town- whether from Dallas, New York, or Chicago- does he feel comfortable in going after his former friends. Passive aggressiveness and childish taunting from afar is inherently present here.
Jeffery’s response isn’t starting a new rap-beef. These guys aren’t going to release music videos with disses. It’s just one of the Bears’ leaders being honest in calling out a guy who has burned every bridge in each of the previous stops in his career.
An angered and annoyed Jeffery is a terrifying prospect. If I were an NFL defensive coordinators, I wouldn’t be happy with Bennett or his baggage stoking the fire. But Bennett hasn’t shown that critical judgment anywhere.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is a staff writer for Windy City Gridiron and Second City Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.