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Report: Bears have discussed trading Earl Bennett


At this point in the summer, teams sometimes try to trade players that aren’t in their plans in the hope of recouping something for a player they’d be willing to give away for nothing.

One player that could be in that position is Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bears “have had some discussions” about trading Bennett, who has been with the team since they drafted him in the third round in 2008.

Schefter doesn’t think it will be easy to do and we’d agree with that assessment. Bennett has missed most of the last month of work with a concussion, continuing a trend that’s seen him on the sideline more often than a team would like. Bennett has missed nine games over the last two years, a span that’s seen him catch just 53 passes for 756 yards.

Injuries factor into another complication as well. Bennett is also set to make $2.25 million this season, a lot for a player who hasn’t shown that he can be consistently productive in an offense over the course of his years in Chicago. Nothing’s impossible as only one team needs to be interested to make a deal happen, but it feels like Bennett is a better bet to wind up as a name to watch when cuts are made this weekend.

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16 Responses to “Report: Bears have discussed trading Earl Bennett”
  1. scoops1 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:44 PM

    the jets could always use another WR to field ground balls….

  2. gbmickey says: Aug 28, 2013 3:51 PM

    If he cant make the Bears receiving corp the options are pretty slim anybody would be interested.

  3. jazsrt says: Aug 28, 2013 3:54 PM

    Adam Schefter Also reported this morning that RGIII was cleared to start for the first game.

    about an hour and a half later, it was announced that RGIII has not even received final clears from Dr. Andrews.

    Schefter is a joke. The TMZ of sports reporting.

  4. beckhruby says: Aug 28, 2013 4:05 PM

    Sounds like he has Jordy Nelson syndrome.

  5. asublimeday says: Aug 28, 2013 4:10 PM

    If he cant make the Bears receiving corp the options are pretty slim anybody would be interested.

    Marshall is better than anybody catching balls for the packers, and Jeffrey would likely be their #1

  6. metalhead65 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:15 PM

    the guy was their best receiever until last year when Marshall arrived. injuries are the only bad thing about him and there is not much you can do to prevent the ones he has. considering the offenses he has played in while with the bears he has been Cutler’s most reliable guy when he is on the field. he is the guy he always went to on third down before the geniuses who ran the offense decided a screen pass to Hester should be the go to play on third down.

  7. whatnojets says: Aug 28, 2013 4:26 PM

    No…not Earl “The Pearl” Bennett!!

  8. pudgalvin says: Aug 28, 2013 4:31 PM

    Unless the Bears are really sold on their 7th rounder from Washinton State as their 3rd receiver, I don’t see them cutting Bennett. Hard to imagine them going with Eric Weems as their 3rd reciever.

  9. chi01town says: Aug 28, 2013 4:46 PM

    I like Bennett, his contract is a little high for this season but the offense can use a good role player that will make the catch. I hope emery dont do this one

  10. earpaniac says: Aug 28, 2013 4:50 PM

    When he stays healthy, he is a great 3rd down receiver. If he could stay healthy, they wouldn’t consider this.

  11. greatestgamensports says: Aug 28, 2013 7:35 PM

    No thanks!

  12. ososrule says: Aug 28, 2013 9:58 PM

    gbmickey says:
    Aug 28, 2013 3:51 PM
    If he cant make the Bears receiving corp the options are pretty slim anybody would be interested.


    He’s concussed, you idiot! It has nothing to do with his skill set, which is above average for #3.

    Another sad and unintelligent attempt at trolling by a Packer Fan!

  13. coachkilla6 says: Aug 28, 2013 10:45 PM

    I have Earl Bennett to throw to? Does Marshall know about this?

    Miss Jayne Quitler

  14. Indybear says: Aug 29, 2013 8:26 AM

    Ridiculous “report” by Schefter. Bennett is a solid receiver with good hands and is fearless over the middle. Most of his catches produce first downs. Additionally, he’s a “go to” guy for Cutler and a leader in the locker room. They would be fools to trade him.

  15. steelerben says: Aug 29, 2013 12:30 PM

    He can be a playmaker when he’s healthy. He’s got good size and good hands. I could see the Steelers taking a flier on him if he gets cut and clears waivers. He’d make a nice Red Zone option.

  16. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 29, 2013 7:51 PM


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