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Earl Bennett refuses pay cut, which could mean he is cut

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The free agent receiver market could be about to get another member.

According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, Bears wideout Earl Bennett has refused a pay cut, and is expected to be released.

Cutting Bennett would create $2.45 million in cap space for the Bears, who could bump Marquess Wilson up a spot into the No. 3 role behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

The 26-year-old Bennett caught 32 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns last year. Those are fairly pedestrian numbers, but in line with some of the other guys getting deals after the first-week flurry.

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22 Responses to “Earl Bennett refuses pay cut, which could mean he is cut”
  1. polarbear71 says: Mar 18, 2014 1:56 PM

    Goodbye !

  2. scothawk says: Mar 18, 2014 1:57 PM

    Looks like he will be house hunting in Carolina this weekend.

  3. ethanhulk says: Mar 18, 2014 1:58 PM

    Upon his release, he immediately becomes the #1 WR on the Carolina Panthers…or the Raiders will sign him for a 6 year, $54M deal

  4. intelligent cement says: Mar 18, 2014 2:00 PM

    So be it.

  5. larryboodry says: Mar 18, 2014 2:03 PM

    Wilson should be the #3 guy regardless…And Bennett is good enough that he will find someone to pay him what he wants, and give him a bigger role, to boot.

    Someone whose top 2 WRs aren’t named Marshall and Jeffery.

  6. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:03 PM

    Can’t blame him for wanting to get off that sinking ship.

    Only a matter of time before their coach is demoted back to the CFL.

  7. brettfavresmidget says: Mar 18, 2014 2:03 PM

    But he went to school with Jay Cutler!!!

  8. dkarras84 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:04 PM

    I think this was the best move for both parties. Earl gets a fresh start and doesn’t have to continually get ask to take a pay cut and I think the bears are more interested in Wilson anyway good luck earl wherever you end up

  9. steelerben says: Mar 18, 2014 2:09 PM

    Bennett has had some flashes and might actually be able to be a solid number 2 if he gets a QB that sees he’s on the field. He’d instantly upgrade Jacksonville, Carolina, NY Jets or Cleveland.

  10. thedano says: Mar 18, 2014 2:19 PM

    Jerry Angelo gave him such a bloated contract……he needed to take multiple pay cuts. Known as a guy with really good hands…..yet sure seemed to drop his share of big catches over the past 2 years.

  11. shinedown37 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:25 PM

    Follow Peppers to Green Bay, with James Jones off to Oakland, you can contribute, as the packers spread the ball around. Not focusing on one player. Plus you get a chance at making the playoffs, not losing with a qb like Quitler.

  12. 13x Offseason World Champions says: Mar 18, 2014 2:31 PM

    Seems pretty comparable to Jennings. Minny should bring him in since he’d only cost 20% of what Jennings gets paid to not catch TD passes….

  13. dobe420 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:38 PM

    I’ll miss you Earl the Squirrel, always automatic on 3rd down to make a catch for the first. You’ll always be a Bear!

  14. sportsnut101 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:40 PM

    I think every1 should put in their contract
    That if they are going to be cut that is has to happen before free agency day starts

  15. claymatthewshairplugs says: Mar 18, 2014 2:53 PM

    I like Bennett but his crucial drop on 4th down this year pretty much made him non essential for this team.

  16. MasMacho says: Mar 18, 2014 2:56 PM

    Seems like Bennett is a bad last name to have in Chi.

  17. billsfan1 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:20 PM

    players get racked when they don’t hold up their end of the contract, and I believe that teams should too. I hate when players hold out regularly (IE revis) and I hate when teams do this crap too.

  18. bouchez9393 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:21 PM

    Lovie will pick him up in Tampa!

  19. theblackrook says: Mar 18, 2014 3:44 PM

    Shinedown, Earl Bennett is not good enough to be a packers wide out.

  20. ghostof34 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:48 PM

    Earl Bennett is just an average WR. If Wilson moves into his spot, the Bears 3 Wideouts stand like this, Marshall 6’4″ 230– Jeffery 6’3″ 216 and Wilson 6’4″ 185 (hit the weight room son)…Wilson can be just a guy for less money, more height and more speed. Wilson at a 4.45 40 and Earl at 4.68.

  21. dino2997 says: Mar 18, 2014 4:02 PM

    Bennett had too many key drops last season. If he doesn’t want to take a pay cut than I say good luck to him. Show him the door.

  22. wnstonchill says: Mar 18, 2014 4:02 PM

    As the Dixie Chicks would say…………..
    Good-bye, EARL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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