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Bears trying to trade disgruntled tight end Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett, Jay Cutler AP

The Bears’ relationship with tight end Martellus Bennett has been a tenuous one for some time.

And it may finally be headed for what seemed the inevitable split.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears and Bennett’s agent are working to find a new home for him via trade.

Bennett’s entering the final year of his current contract, with $5.085 million owed him next season.

His numbers dropped sharply last year, going from 90 catches to 53, among other problems. He didn’t participate in offseason workouts because he was unhappy with his contract, and there was doubt about whether some late absences were injury or attitude related.

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  1. steelerben says: Mar 4, 2016 9:07 AM

    The Black Unicorn is going to end up on a team. They might not be able to get much out of a trade, but he’s a big, athletic receiver that is a decent blocker. If he wasn’t historically strange, he’d command a much larger price tag.

  2. nels1959 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:10 AM

    This guy and his brother are two of the biggest jerks in the nfl. Bears would be better off without him. All he does is complain. See ya

  3. rajbais says: Mar 4, 2016 9:25 AM

    Frankly, I thought that he was a disappointment last year. However, him reuniting with Trestman or Eli Manning would not be a bad idea.

    Besides, Zach Miller, in my opinion, would be an adequate replacement.

  4. bombacim says: Mar 4, 2016 9:27 AM

    This will go down as one of the largest busts when it comes down to a player with all the talent in the world that just can’t keep his head in the game. But it is not up to us to decide what he wants to do with this life. That being said, Jimmy Graham for Martellus straight up Seattle. Let’s do this.

  5. kissmysandwich says: Mar 4, 2016 9:29 AM

    Dude has never lived up to his talent yet still complains every off-season. Behaves like an entitled brat wherever he goes. Good luck to the next organization that gives him a shot.

  6. rereynol says: Mar 4, 2016 9:29 AM

    Agree, the guy’s got talent but from the moment he body slammed Kyle Fuller for just blocking him in practice two years ago you knew that he’s a me first guy. That attitude never works in the NFL. Name one Super Bowl winning team that had me first guys in big roles (aka Terrell Owen, Brandon Marshall, Jeff George, McNabb etc)? You can’t do it.

  7. snowdood163 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:29 AM

    The Bennett parents made some dang talented football players. Too bad they couldn’t teach them a little humility along the way…

  8. rlpftt says: Mar 4, 2016 9:32 AM

    Lol…the Bears are such a joke. Do they think someone will trade for this malcontent?

    Enjoy being irrelevant for the next 5 years Bears fans.

  9. bassplucker says: Mar 4, 2016 9:40 AM

    Brandon Marshall redux. While I hate to see the Bears create yet another hole to fill this offseason (when they need every draft pick and FA dollar they can spare to fix their defense), I can’t say I’m surprised.

    It’s a risky move. This year’s draft class of TEs is weak and I’ll be surprised if they can get more than a 5th for Marty. On top of which they already gave Zack Miller his walking papers. But one thing Ryan Pace has shown so far in his tenure as GM is he’s not afraid to send guys packing who aren’t with the program.

  10. iamkillerfin says: Mar 4, 2016 9:41 AM

    Cmon down to Miami!!!

  11. jerry944 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:42 AM

    He was disgruntled in dallas..then he was disgruntled in new york..i think its time martellus to grow up.

  12. bigbluefandom says: Mar 4, 2016 9:44 AM

    He is a lazy player. No wonder both the Cowboys and the Giants let him go. Think about it… he had the opportunity to play with Romo and Eli Manning. He could have piled up some big numbers. He is just lazy. Just watch the Hardknocks on HBO when Dallas was on it and it was Bennett’s rookie year. Even then the Cowboys coaches were saying he is lazy. Cut him.

  13. openyoureyes12 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:47 AM

    The Bennett Bros are turds – both of them.
    Martellus was disgruntled when he was second string to Jason Witten (Jason Witten!) in Dallas. Then, he ended up having auditions and started in NYG, where they eventually parted ways. Now, he’s in Chicago and has been overall not as productive as he thinks he is and is pouting.
    Then you have Michael who’s just a big jerky dork…
    These two are spoiled brats, or at least act like it.

  14. joefelicelli says: Mar 4, 2016 9:47 AM

    I would expect, especially given how bad of a draft class there is for tight ends, that Martysaurus would get a little better in return than Marshall got last year. If they can get a 4th rounder, I would jump on it.

    This guy is a solid player, but he needs a lot of maintenance. He wants a new deal, and his 2014 season shows he can be a major force at TE, so maybe he deserves one.

    Bottom line is Pace and Fox are trying to send a message to the Bears that they are going to build around guys that get with the program. Marty has his own program, and more power to him for it. There are teams that can handle that, and under Lovie or Trestman, the Bears would have been one of them. That does not appear to be the case under Fox.

  15. fugginswheat says: Mar 4, 2016 9:47 AM

    This screams Ravens…..reunite with Trestman, who orchestrated your career season, and they have a massive need at TE. The 5 mil salary is manageable. Would love to see a 3rd or 4th rd pick in exchange. Re sign Miller, and sign Fleener. Giving Bears 10 picks for Pace to continue the rebuild.

  16. Grulks says: Mar 4, 2016 9:49 AM

    When he had that 90th catch last year, I thought “Dallas, youwere fools to get rid of this guy” But then I rememeber how this punk, prior to ever doing ANYTHING in the NFL wanted Dallas to supplant Witten with him.

    He’s pretty talented and could be top tier threat, if it wasnt the for the fact that he acts like he is always entitled to things he isn’t (I should be starting over Witten, I should be making more than $5M a year).

    If he played to EARN the things he wants, instead of demanding them, he’d probably be lretty happy

  17. joefelicelli says: Mar 4, 2016 9:52 AM

    bassplucker says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:40 AM

    Brandon Marshall redux. While I hate to see the Bears create yet another hole to fill this offseason (when they need every draft pick and FA dollar they can spare to fix their defense), I can’t say I’m surprised.

    It’s a risky move. This year’s draft class of TEs is weak and I’ll be surprised if they can get more than a 5th for Marty. On top of which they already gave Zack Miller his walking papers. But one thing Ryan Pace has shown so far in his tenure as GM is he’s not afraid to send guys packing who aren’t with the program.
    ———————————————————
    But they have Khari Lee! just kidding. I wouldn’t rule out re-signing Miller, but they didn’t want to give him what he was asking for given his history, which I agree with. I think they will get him back at a cheaper level, but also don’t rule out more of an H-back/fullback offense next season, where they go to more 3 WR sets with Jeffery, White, and Royal together. There are some really good fullbacks in the draft in Vitale and Gronkowski that could be 4-5 year starters and contribute to the running game and blocking schemes, and both can catch as well.

  18. xavier179 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:55 AM

    That is why he was kept by the Cowboys years ago.
    He has a lousy work ethic.

  19. firejerry says: Mar 4, 2016 10:09 AM

    Da Bears should just put up his crap……and make him play out his contract. They need a tight end. Since, he in his final year he should want to have a great year to get a big contract somewhere else.

  20. kabasaman says: Mar 4, 2016 10:11 AM

    I think he should go play with his brother somewhere . Can you imagine the problems that head coach and GM would have with the two of them. Their both nuts.

  21. eventresourcespresents says: Mar 4, 2016 10:14 AM

    As a Bears fan, I have two questions.
    1. Why does it seem that teams are incapable of mending strained relationships with players? Just because Martellus is “disgruntled” shouldn’t have to mean that you get rid of him. If he’s a talented, productive player with a relatively cheap contract, they should work to retain him.
    2. While it appears that the Bears are trying to send a message that they will only retain players who buy into their program, isn’t the Marshall and Bennett situations just saying to current and future Bears players that if you don’t want to be there anymore, just complain a little bit and they’ll trade you right away? What’s wrong with forcing him into his final year? Yeah, he might sit out some offseason programs, but you’re sending a message that players are not the ones dictating who plays for the Bears and who doesn’t.

  22. bassplucker says: Mar 4, 2016 10:17 AM

    Buyer beware, whoever gets him. He tends to start out really strong at the front end of the season and then tail off big-time after about Thanksgiving or so. It’s like he can’t keep his focus and conditioning up or something.

    I never considered him a real “bad” guy with the Bears (though the Kyle Fuller incident was very questionable) but he does have a strong, weird presence that definitely affects a locker room and he makes no bones that he has a lot of interests outside of football that he indulges both during and away from the season. Those aren’t the kind of players that Fox and Pace are interested in keeping around especially at the current price tag.

  23. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 10:17 AM

    I’d be disgruntled too if I had to play for the Bears and had Jay Cutler throwing me the ball and watching him get over-paid in a new contract while I got nothing.

  24. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 4, 2016 10:26 AM

    “and there was doubt about whether some late absences were injury or attitude related.”

    Same difference. Can be classified as a bruised ego.

  25. kylexitron says: Mar 4, 2016 10:28 AM

    Lot of negativity here for martellus and for some reason his brother whom is completely unrelated to the story.

    Not too many people mentioning that the Bears are kind of a mess. The worst signs for a team are poor consistency and poor competitiveness. The Bears suffer from both. Some teams lose more games but look more competitive doing so. This is a coaching and culture problem. Not a problem with a disgruntled tight end.

  26. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 4, 2016 10:37 AM

    Bennett and Cutler’s old BFF both want(ed) out of Chicago. What does that tell you? What’s the common thread there?

    Cutler.

  27. ninjapleazee says: Mar 4, 2016 10:38 AM

    He’s greedy. Period. Disgruntled because he wanted more money.

  28. wallyspo says: Mar 4, 2016 10:44 AM

    Zach Miller’s job now. I just saw him in Omaha at a UNO Hockey game last Friday and even at this point in the offseason, dude looks ready. I think he just moved his family to Chicago as well. He must know that he is the plans.

  29. littletommy1958 says: Mar 4, 2016 10:58 AM

    Golly, I hope none of the other 31 NFL teams reads this, or everyone will know he’s disgruntled.

  30. ariani1985 says: Mar 4, 2016 11:06 AM

    Come to Green Bay!!! We thrive at playoff failure!!!

  31. rlpftt says: Mar 4, 2016 11:20 AM

    rlpftt says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:32 AM

    Lol…the Bears are such a joke. Do they think someone will trade for this malcontent?

    Enjoy being irrelevant for the next 5 years Bears fans.

    _____________________________________

    Only the Lions know how it is to be irrelevant and be a complete dumpster fire.

    Nice try Hyzers! Have you accepted you full swing decline?

    Lions are a much bigger disaster then the Lions!

    LoLions!

  32. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Mar 4, 2016 11:33 AM

    Come to Minnesota!!! We have another talented me-firster in Adrian, and you can both use your money to try to buy a ring at auction!!!

  33. thelionsarethejokeofthenfl says: Mar 4, 2016 12:16 PM

    Lol…the Bears are such a joke. Do they think someone will trade for this malcontent?

    Enjoy being irrelevant for the next 5 years Bears fans.

    _______________________________________

    No one knows better about their team being irrelevant than Lion’s fans, like Hyzers and his 10 extra handles on here.

    Still mad about his Lions failing after that fluke playoff appearance 2 years ago.

    The Lions are in much worse shape than the Bears.

  34. chicagobtech says: Mar 4, 2016 12:20 PM

    bombacim says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:27 AM

    This will go down as one of the largest busts when it comes down to a player with all the talent in the world that just can’t keep his head in the game. But it is not up to us to decide what he wants to do with this life. That being said, Jimmy Graham for Martellus straight up Seattle. Let’s do this.
    ———————————————————-

    Give up a blocking tight end for a guy coming off of a blown patellar tendon and can’t/won’t block?

    Pass.

  35. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 4, 2016 1:06 PM

    So the guy skips the offseason workouts because he’s disgruntled about his contract. I guess I can understand…he’s only making $5M for playing a game. If he’s not careful he may be disgruntled about not having a contract at all. Then given his disgruntled-ness, lack of focus and general malcontented behavior, he can see what the prospects are of finding a job where he’s going to make more than $5 an hour after he’s done playing football. Dude should just shup up and play. People are sick of him whining.

  36. vikingforlife says: Mar 4, 2016 1:28 PM

    Well, well, well… let’s see… the last time the Bears got rid of a TE (Greg Olsen) and brought in Marty B (because Cutler played with him at Vandy), things didn’t turn out quite the way the Bears wanted them to, now did they??? Hmmmm, let’s see how this one pans out for boy genius Pace??? Just sayin’…….

  37. Florio Believer says: Mar 4, 2016 1:46 PM

    So many of these comments show the absolute ignorance of so many of the posters…maybe it’s the personality of Marty transcending to the posters.

    Dump him, the Bears don’t need to pay a donk for a couple of years.

  38. fugginswheat says: Mar 4, 2016 1:52 PM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Mar 4, 2016 10:37 AM

    Bennett and Cutler’s old BFF both want(ed) out of Chicago. What does that tell you? What’s the common thread there?

    Cutler.
    ——————————————————

    Could it be that the two players you’re referencing will both be playing for their fourth teams in their careers? What’s the common thread?

    Malcontents, terrible locker room guys, and ME Guys!

    Not Cutler, but nice try tho!

  39. purpleguy says: Mar 4, 2016 2:37 PM

    This guy always seems to be referred to s “disgruntled”. I for one would like to see him in a regular stage of “gruntlement” for a change.

  40. vikingforlife says: Mar 4, 2016 2:56 PM

    Go to a winning team, Marty. You know that’s not Chicago.

  41. frank booth says: Mar 4, 2016 5:28 PM

    vikingforlife says:
    Mar 4, 2016 2:56 PM

    Go to a winning team, Marty. You know that’s not Chicago.
    ==================================
    He could go to the Vikings. Maybe 1 or 2 of Teddy’s annual 14 TD passes has Bennett’s name on it.

    Also, “Marty B” didn’t go to Vanderbilt. And Olsen was gone after 2010. Bennett didn’t play for the Bears until 2013.

  42. vikingforlife says: Mar 4, 2016 7:02 PM

    Sorry, my bad, I was thinking of Earl Bennett, it’s just that Cutler goes through SO MANY players and coaches it’s hard to keep track.

  43. rojobirds says: Mar 4, 2016 7:21 PM

    wallyspo | Mar 4, 2016, 7:44 AM PS
    ————–
    I’ve been to a handful of UNO hockey games myself. Good to know a few Bear fans appreciate a good game of D1 hockey.

  44. vikingf0rlife says: Mar 4, 2016 8:01 PM

    I wish we had a player like Bennett, not that it really matters. Our offense is horrid with baby hands Teddy at the helm. Unless Bustwater can have Marty in range within 15 yards, it doesn’t matter. Maybe Walsh could get out there and try to kick Marty the ball 30-40 yards for a big play because no way Teddy can get it done.

    Now that I think of that Walsh would probably be off to the left a lot.

  45. billmiller1991 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:01 PM

    He literally peaked in his first few games with the Bears. Made an amazing catch in the back of the end zone to win a game. Can’t remember who they were playing, but he injured himself on the play, never reached that consistent level of play again, and with his obvious talent negated by an equal amount of self-serving grandiosity has been net zero since. Much like Brandon Marshall. Frankly the TE position is never going to make or break any team in football terms, so if your flashy TE is an energy sucking cement-block tied to your team’s collective ankle, pulling you to the bottom of the lake, cut him loose and get back to the surface.

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