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Bears release Earl Bennett

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The writing was on the wall when wide receiver Earl Bennett refused to take a pay cut to remain with the Bears and the Bears made things official on Tuesday.

The NFL’s daily transaction report brings word that Bennett has been released. The move creates $2.45 million in cap space for the Bears to put to use toward finding other help at wide receiver or to bolster other parts of the team.

Bennett was a third-round pick in 2008 and played 78 games for the Bears over his six years with the club. He leaves with 185 catches for 2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns. Just 85 of those catches came over the last three seasons as the Bears looked elsewhere in the passing game, but Bennett will be 27 next season and should find some interested teams now that he’s on the open market.

Carolina and Pittsburgh both come to mind as they wait to find out what Jerricho Cotchery will do and the Jets are also in need of some receiver help despite the addition of Eric Decker. The Bears are expected to bump Marquess Wilson up to Bennett’s No. 3 role for next season.

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22 Responses to “Bears release Earl Bennett”
  1. calkinsrob says: Mar 18, 2014 4:56 PM

    Thats too bad. I forgot that this guy is only 26. I hope he can revive his career somewhere else.

  2. njossendal says: Mar 18, 2014 4:58 PM

    Another WR that will say he’d love to catch passes from Cam Newton then sign with an AFC team.

  3. qdog112 says: Mar 18, 2014 5:03 PM

    I see a trip to Charlotte in his future … roundtrip.

  4. mfclock says: Mar 18, 2014 5:05 PM

    Here’s why:

    @djdurkin:
    earl bennett’s production-to-pay ratio after signing extension ($9M guar): $12,448 / yard, $134,328 / reception, $1.5M / touchdown. #bears

  5. shorttracknews says: Mar 18, 2014 5:05 PM

    Playing behind Marshall & Jeffery there wasn’t much scraps left so don’t let his 32 catches last year fool you. He should get picked up quickly (Carolina?) and I figured they would try to get a late round pick from the Panthers before letting him go. Shouldn’t hurt the Bears to much if Marquess Wilson becomes the #3 guy and Marshall & Jeffery stay healthy. Earl made some big catches for us over the years, we will miss you and your orange shoes.

  6. kcflake says: Mar 18, 2014 5:14 PM

    Sign him up Chiefs. Would be better than what we currently have.

  7. trubearsman says: Mar 18, 2014 5:15 PM

    I hate to see Bennett go great possession receiver and great hands, but I’m interested in see Wilson put his skills to play seen him play in college lot of upside great after the catch receiver. He should flourish in this new fangled bears offense. We need melton and allen to have a serious chance to win.

  8. shinedown37 says: Mar 18, 2014 5:17 PM

    Dude come to Green Bay you’ll get more balls thrown your way, as the packers spread the ball around. Not have a QB throw to only 2 wrs or the opposing team.

  9. trubearsman says: Mar 18, 2014 5:17 PM

    I hate to see Bennett go great possession receiver and great hands, but I’m interested in seeing Wilson put his skills to play seen him play in college lot of upside great after the catch receiver. He should flourish in this new fangled bears offense. We need melton and allen to have a serious chance to win.

  10. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 18, 2014 5:22 PM

    Jay Cutler: $545,789 per touchdown

  11. mvp43 says: Mar 18, 2014 5:25 PM

    Actually, he would be a good fit in Green Bay since Jones left and with Finley all but gone.

  12. larryboodry says: Mar 18, 2014 5:28 PM

    Good luck to him, and thanks for all his contributions the past six years. I too am looking forward to seeing what Wilson can do.

  13. windycityjunkie says: Mar 18, 2014 5:35 PM

    Good Luck Elsewhere EB.

  14. rextraordinaire says: Mar 18, 2014 5:54 PM

    Always liked Earl. Low impact, but reliable. Lately he was mostly a decoy or check down guy, but there’s value in having a guy like that out there. He’ll get picked up soon.

  15. rfgatwordpress says: Mar 18, 2014 6:02 PM

    Hell make it, hes a good possession receiver and someone that is in need is gonna be happy with him.
    Thanks for the years, sorry you wouldnt bend on the contract and stay here, but we gotta do what we gotta do.

  16. seatownballers says: Mar 18, 2014 6:20 PM

    Carolina or kc?

  17. jojopuppyfish says: Mar 18, 2014 6:57 PM

    As a bears fan Earl kind of disappeared. Good hands though

  18. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Mar 18, 2014 7:36 PM

    What’s weird about this is thinking that Bennett got released because the Bears has too many quality receivers for him to get targeted.

    When is the last time that happened? I had a mullet, goatee, and my best friend was a Collie Man at SIU.

    Go Dawgs!

  19. gridassassin says: Mar 18, 2014 7:59 PM

    Bennett was slated to be the 30th highest paid WR in the NFL this year. Thanks Jerry Angelo! Good riddance on both. Alshon Jeffrey, Brandon Marshall and Marquess Wilson will suffice – with Weems and Hixon as depth.

  20. kevb62 says: Mar 18, 2014 11:34 PM

    He’s too injury prone. It seemed like he was always battling some injury that slowed him down.

    It was unlikely that he’d make the team anyway after training camp.

  21. dino2997 says: Mar 19, 2014 1:32 AM

    His “good hands” is overblown. He had too many key drops and that’s what I remember about him. Sorry but not worth his contract.

  22. pantherfan40 says: Mar 19, 2014 7:59 AM

    hey gettleman ………………………….

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