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Bears give Earl Bennett four-year, $18 million extension

Bears wide receiver Bennett catches a pass under pressure from the Eagles cornerback Rodgers-Cromartie during their NFL football game in Philadelphia Reuters

Three big games from Earl Bennett have spurred the Bears to lock him up for four more years.

Bennett, the receiver who missed five games this season but came alive as a big threat in the Bears’ passing game in Weeks 9-11, has agreed to a four-year extension through the 2015 season, the team has announced.

Since joining the Bears as a third-round pick in the 2008 NFL draft, Bennett has 118 catches for 1,554 yards and six touchdowns. He has a particularly good rapport with Jay Cutler, his former Vanderbilt teammate.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the total value of the deal is $18 million, including $9 million guaranteed.

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40 Responses to “Bears give Earl Bennett four-year, $18 million extension”
  1. cusoman says: Dec 2, 2011 3:10 PM

    Further testing Forte’s patience…

  2. amanistumor says: Dec 2, 2011 3:12 PM

    That’s some DeSean Jackson money right there!!

  3. liltmac2003 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:12 PM

    Good for him.

    Don’t know if many people out there know of his play, but he’s a solid WR.

    The guy knows how to catch the ball…and being Cutler’s favorite target helps as well.

  4. lionsfanatic84 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:13 PM

    You would think they would be more worried about locking up forte

  5. toonsterwu says: Dec 2, 2011 3:13 PM

    Very solid deal for both sides. Dependable, steady hands. Tough guy willing to go over the middle. Not a burner, but has enough speed that you have to respect it enough.

  6. buffalosaint says: Dec 2, 2011 3:14 PM

    They locked up that dude before Forte? Must be a new strain of something up there in the Windy City.

  7. notthekiller says: Dec 2, 2011 3:16 PM

    What about Dre? I mean Forte?

  8. 13fitzj says: Dec 2, 2011 3:16 PM

    Jerry Angelo later: “Well, he’s better than Roy Williams! So we figured ‘hey, why not?'”

  9. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 2, 2011 3:16 PM

    Wow. Three big games gets Bennett a new contract. Three big years and DeSean is still waiting.

  10. masochisticjetsfan says: Dec 2, 2011 3:16 PM

    The word on the street is it’s only a 4 GAME extension. Trust me. I’m a self righteous unemployed 22 year old post grad with my finger on the social media pulse.

  11. illiniftw says: Dec 2, 2011 3:17 PM

    Now he can buy as many pairs of orange shoes as he wants!

  12. waitingguilty says: Dec 2, 2011 3:17 PM

    Guys…I hear you about Forte…

    But this is a drop in the bucket compared to what Forte wants. Forte wants more guaranteed up front than the entire 4 years of this Bennett deal…

    So it’s not a surprise to see this done before Forte.

  13. wegonnadoitbaby says: Dec 2, 2011 3:20 PM

    I can’t imagine Forte voluntarily playing for the Bears next year. What a slap in the face. If the Bears wanted to tie Bennet up, great…but what a P.R. disaster to do it and announce it before there is at least progress on the Forte front.

  14. norseyapper says: Dec 2, 2011 3:21 PM

    All things considered that’s an amazing contract.

    I’d want his agent!

  15. rayala3 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:21 PM

    Watch and learn Desean. Play hard always and good things will come. Keep acting like a little punk and you’ll just be a memory.

  16. Steelerbear78 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:22 PM

    Good for him. He’s a good player who just plays. Brings his lunch pale to work and does his thing. Well deserved.

    Some other players around the league could learn from this guy. He’s humble, has class and plays hard.

  17. richie215 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:23 PM

    If I were Forte, I’d be livid! The guy has four good games and he’s taken of. Forte has fifty-four good games and he’s still makin’ six figures! #WHERESTHELOVE

  18. shaggytoodle says: Dec 2, 2011 3:24 PM

    They need to quit drinking that St. Patty’s day green water out of that river.

    They would rather pay a #2 WR that kind of money. Than pay a HB, I don’t know what Forte is asking top 10 money, maybe even top 5. I understand that the Bears are very tight with thier money.

    Why poke in Forte’s ribs though?

  19. tonymandrich says: Dec 2, 2011 3:27 PM

    The Green Bay Packers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson agreed to a three-year, $13.35 million contract extension earlier this season. Sure seems like a deal now! also James Jones got a three-year 9 million extension in the off season. I think both Jones and Nelson are better than Bennett and they are now both making less than him. If Jerry Angelo was smart he would have allocated the Bears money to sign their MVP Matt Forte instead of overpaying their mediocre receiving core.

  20. bigcarguy1 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:27 PM

    9 mill gauranteed is not huge money for a decent WR, so the only thing that he and Forte have in common is the team the play for

  21. niubears says: Dec 2, 2011 3:31 PM

    Forte not being paid is Forte’s and his agent’s fault. They offered him a very fair deal already. It will get done but it’s both sides faults that a deal hasn’t been reached. Lookin forward to seeing earl in that bears uni for 4 more Years

  22. packerstexansfan says: Dec 2, 2011 3:31 PM

    Good for them. He’s been their best receiver this season.

  23. thridandlong says: Dec 2, 2011 3:32 PM

    ‘Just before the regular season, the Bears best offer to running back Matt Forte was believed to be worth about $6 million per year, with $13 to $14 million guaranteed.’

    6 million a year sounds pretty fair to me !

  24. bubbaone says: Dec 2, 2011 3:33 PM

    Earlier this season the Green Bay Packers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson agreed to a three-year, $13.35 million contract extension.

    Hmm, Bennett or Nelson?…proving once again Ted Thompson’s mastery over Jerry Angelo.

  25. Soulman45 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:34 PM

    The Detroit Lions will get Forte in FA this summer.
    That who they should have lock up.

  26. vickspuppy says: Dec 2, 2011 3:37 PM

    Good WR. He’d be #6 on the Packers depth chart though. With 3+ seasons, he’s only found the endzone 6 times?

  27. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:37 PM

    and they continue to piss on forte’s head and tell him it’s rain

  28. thridandlong says: Dec 2, 2011 3:44 PM

    Dec 2, 2011 3:34 PM
    The Detroit Lions will get Forte in FA this summer.
    That who they should have lock up.

    =======================

    If this is the case Soulman, then remember to tell Suh that Forte is now a teamate, and maybe Suh won’t stomp him in to the ground, and rip his helmet off.

  29. brett76 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:49 PM

    Jordy Nelson??? LOL product of a system. If he was on any other team, no one would know his name.

  30. jhumbe says: Dec 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    Forte has been offer almost $20M guaranteed and he turned it down so he’ll get tagged next year… why are so people so obsessed with turning this into a conspiracy theory?

    It’s life in the NFL.

  31. ronniemexico says: Dec 2, 2011 3:55 PM

    The Bears offered Forte either a 3 or 4 year deal at $6 million per year – with $15 million guaranteed. Forte turned it down. Cry me a freaking river. Let’s stop with the pay Forte nonsense.

  32. chadman128 says: Dec 2, 2011 4:08 PM

    I just love how everyone thinks Forte should be paid whatever he requests. This is business folks. The Bears have paid huge contracts to Briggs, Urlacher and Peppers. The Bears say they made a very good offer to Forte and he or his agent have not disputed that. I have a feeling he wants to be the top paid back in the NFL. He has no leverage he can be franchised next year and if he doesnt show he gets fined. I think Jerry Angelo sucks at drafting players but I will say he has done pretty well with locking up good free agent players on the team.

  33. rando74 says: Dec 2, 2011 4:09 PM

    thsi is not really a big deal. im sure bennets contract is spread out and compared to what Fortes want sand will get its not even woth talking about. Still, by not doing anything they are just slapping Forte right in the face

  34. philyeagles5 says: Dec 2, 2011 4:23 PM

    Wow. Three big games gets Bennett a new contract. Three big years and DeSean is still waiting.
    ==================================
    and the 1 year is really mattered, where is he?

  35. deiong says: Dec 2, 2011 4:49 PM

    good, he deserves it. i knwo most people think forte diserves to get paid, but honestly he urned down a solid deal. and he hasnt exactly showed up the last three games, the lines been much improved, so guess its not just the line holding him back. m barber had a better game vs teh raiders, wish they used him more that sunday. but three picks and a close game,..

    its nto like they didnt offer him a decent deal. but maybe he understands his time in teh nfl wont be much cause of high usage? well ok, he does have that argument, but to get paid like a superstar you gotta play like it every game, and the last 3 games.. not so much….

    heres hoping he finishes off the year on a high note and gets paid, and plays consitantly throughout it.

  36. jimmysee says: Dec 2, 2011 4:59 PM

    Well deserved.

  37. ugk612 says: Dec 2, 2011 5:18 PM

    What about Forte?

  38. juniorak715 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:51 PM

    Everyone saying Forte will be gone next year isn’t very bright. The Bears can franchise tag him for the next two seasons. He ain’t going anywhere!!!!!!

    The man turned down a solid offer from the Bears. His fault!! Quit being greedy Matt!!!

  39. daddyb1gdrawz says: Dec 3, 2011 1:26 AM

    Remind me to stay away from him in fantasy football next year. He will get hurt or just stop caring like everyone else.

  40. mialto says: Dec 3, 2011 2:23 PM

    Sooo both Forte and Bennett got deal offers, but only one decided to take the offer…the other waiting on a franchise tag, and then another one until he becomes mediocre.

    Bears are all about business…plus front office is missing a couple screws.

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