Report: Bears entertaining trade offers for Martellus Bennett

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Tight end Martellus Bennett hasn’t been taking part in the Bears’ voluntary workouts so far this offseason and the team is reportedly open to moving him before they get into the mandatory portion of their training schedule.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is entertaining trade offers for Bennett and that Bennett is looking for a new deal in Chicago or somewhere else. Bennett is set to make $4.9 million in base salary in 2015 and just over $5 million in 2016 in the final two years of the four-year pact he signed with the Bears in 2013.

Bennett has turned in three good years in a row since leaving the Cowboys as a free agent after the 2011 season and is coming off his most productive professional season with 90 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns. He put up those numbers playing in former head coach Marc Trestman’s offense and Trestman is now in Baltimore, where the Ravens haven’t been shy about their desire to add a tight end to the roster.

Whether Bennett is the kind of player they’d be interested in adding is another question altogether, especially if a new contract is going to be part of the equation, and we may get an answer in the next few days.

45 responses to “Report: Bears entertaining trade offers for Martellus Bennett

  1. Yes they will take a first round pick for Bennett. Everyone is on the trade block this time of year according to sources. And why not. If one team is willing to overpay for a decent TE so be it

  2. If I was the GM i’d sell the farm too. Heck If I’m building a sandwich I like to shop for groceries too. Stash picks draft well, get better from ground up.

  3. Thanks to genius Martz and his greatest show on turf crap, Bears got rid of a great TE in Greg Olsen

  4. Lots of trade rumors linked to Chitown. Until one happens, don’t believe it. As much as Fox and Pace want to free up cap space, get their guys in, etc. it is interesting speculation without any substance. There is a doozy of a rumor floating around some sites that the Bears trade Cutler, Forte and this Years #1 and next year’s one for Bucs #1.

  5. logicalvoicesays says:

    Jordan Reed is head and shoulders the best TE in Football and no one can state otherwise.
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    Dude…did you forget about Greg Olsen??!!

  6. What I believe Tyler eifert owns that .Title if he can stay healthy his pass catching skills is amazing .Hes a mixture of a te and wide reciver .Hopefully this year he’s stays away from injuries .

  7. He’s out of guaranteed money so this is the pouting stage of Bennett…should have seen it coming seems to run in the family.
    He’s a good tight end, but not great, trade him, I won’t miss him, looking backward after he misses his assigned block…again.

  8. Should’ve took Tyler eifert that year .Couldnt believe that pick but the writing was on the wall .When Chicago took Bennett in free agency how does it feel now .

  9. Good numbers but he’s a total weirdo. And a head-case. And 90 catches for just a shade under 1K is great, but plenty of other TE’s out there that could get you that kind of production.

  10. “There is a doozy of a rumor floating around some sites that the Bears trade Cutler, Forte and this Years #1 and next year’s one for Bucs #1.”

    Ok, sure, I won’t believe Cutler, Forte, and two ones for the top pick. Obviously. But trying to trade their headcase TE who takes plays off in an offseason where they already unloaded Marshall? Seems very plausible.

  11. SMH…i guess Bears will bring back Kellen Davis…lots of stupid moves by these Bears…SMH

    Go Blackhawks! Only true Chicago team that knows how to win!

  12. Despite an injury-plagued year last season, Brandon Marshall is still among the game’s elite receivers, and yet they traded him…Jay Cutler is 7 TDs shy of holding every all-time passing record in Bears history, after just six seasons, and they tried to trade him…Now here’s Bennett, coming off his best year, and they’re willing to jettison him, too.

    Kudos to the new regime for looking beyond stats to determine the type of player they want to help reinvent this franchise into a winner.

    That said, I wish Peanut was still around.

  13. Martellus Bennett was a workhorse and security blanket for Cutler and Bears last season (also top TE in the league statistically). Unless the amount of money he’s asking for is extremely high, it’s probably not a good idea to let him go.

  14. The Ravens wont trade a 1st rd pick for Bennett……..Ozzie Newsome is a top 3 GM in football……4th rounder? Maybe….5th Rounder? Id say would be more realistic

  15. He and his brother are both “Head cases”… Maybe his children’s books aren’t selling. This is crap , I could see with one year left. But 2?

  16. Why would the Bears do this? Yeah Marty can be a handful, but guys with his talent don’t just walk in off the street. Not to mention this is the worst draft class for TEs in at least 10 years.

  17. I see that myth of Ozzie Newsome as being a top 3 gm is still floating around. But then again people still believe in Santa Claus as well so it makes sense.

  18. Lol the bears won’t trade a productive TE for a 4th found pick. They’re simply willing to see if someone will overpay here for a guy w one year inflated garbage time stats that isn’t a positive in run blocking. I could see them shipping him off for a 2nd round pick but nothing less. W Marshall they had no leverage, he was getting paid a lot, outside of prime of career and a head case. He was going to be cut if not traded. This is a TE in his prime that is pouting but stuck w the team for next 2 years on a friendly contract

  19. irish106 says:
    Apr 29, 2015 2:55 PM
    Should’ve took Tyler eifert that year .Couldnt believe that pick but the writing was on the wall .When Chicago took Bennett in free agency how does it feel now .

    =
    Dude I’m an Irish fan, but let’s be honest here, what has Eifert done in the NFL so far?

  20. Pace and Fox are systematically taking away Cutler’s go-to guys. He’s either going to succeed in their system, with their guys (and stick around), or fail miserably (and be gone after this year). And I get the feeling they’re honestly OK with either outcome.

  21. The Bears always make plays and trades for head cases and their fans seem to be shocked when things fall apart. Marshall, Bennett….and even Cutler.

    They will never learn. This team is rotten from the ownership on down. With ownership being the biggest problem.

  22. bassplucker hits right on the head. Pace/Fox have no love for this guy. If they can get a 2nd rounder for him, trade away.

    Especially, if the Bears are planning on grabbing a stud WR in the first round. Trade, baby, trade.

  23. logicalvoicesays says:
    Apr 29, 2015 2:36 PM
    Jordan Reed is head and shoulders the best TE in Football and no one can state otherwise.

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    Good to see logicalvoice is back and off his meds

  24. It’s time to get the wrong people off the bus and put the right one’s on the bus. Bennett got spoiled running roughshod under Trestman’s kindergarten camp. Now that Fox is in town, Bennett isn’t real comfortable playing by the team rules. Adios…………….

  25. I can’t believe people still think Bennett is worth anything. Such a head case. He’s like a Super Model with bad breath and a Fran Drescher voice. Yuck.

  26. When a team is willing to trade a guy who had 90 catches and came at a fairly bargain price that pretty much tells you all you need to know about Martellus Bennett.

  27. The 2014 Bears stand as a textbook example of how a team with a reasonable amount of talent can go right down the toilet when you have bad chemistry and zero leadership being exercised by either the coaching staff or the players.

    About 3 or 4 games into last season I remember thinking that I hoped the 2014 Bears weren’t going to be the 2013 Falcons. Turns out they were all of that, and then some.

  28. I remember Zach Miller looking like a beast last preseason, until he got injured

    Hopefully this is testing the waters and not a Brandon Marshall “we’re throwing him away for peanuts because” situation

  29. SKOL-LOLOLOL ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ © says:
    Apr 29, 2015 3:40 PM
    The Bears always make plays and trades for head cases and their fans seem to be shocked when things fall apart. Marshall, Bennett….and even Cutler.

    They will never learn. This team is rotten from the ownership on down. With ownership being the biggest problem.

    ____________________________________

    The following is quote from the form Bears GM Phil Emery in regards to Marshall being signed by the Bears.

    “We’re always communicating with each other and all levels,” Emery said of bringing this deal to matriarch Virginia McCaskey and her son George, the team president, during a conference call with reporters. “This is a team effort. We communicated with them and they were very supportive. But if you’re looking for a final decision, that was my decision.”

    Don’t post non-sense on Bear’s article’s stick to your your Viking’s/Packer’s banter articles. Do you really think anyone takes you seriously with that stupid troll name. Stay away.

  30. I wouldn’t want that malcontent on my team. He is not a team player and causes more problems than he is worth. Chicago is a great place for him, to bad they didn’t sign his idiot brother as a free agent last year. Talk about a divided locker room then!

  31. logicalvoicesays says:
    Apr 29, 2015 2:36 PM

    Jordan Reed is head and shoulders the best TE on the Redskins and no one can state otherwise.
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    You’re welcome.

  32. Since I’ve been watching the Bears beginning 1979, he’s the best TE the bears have had.
    That said, behind the scenes, its bs problems that brought down the franchise and I back the coaches….but it isn’t easy to replace these guys.

  33. There seemed to be a buddy system the last two seasons. it felt like Cutler, Bennett, Marshall, and Long developed this BMOC-like mentality. Leadership seemed diluted and egos were rampant. Briggs and Tillman didn’t look like they wanted to put those egos in check, possibly because of their distaste towards the last regime.

    With John fox in the fold, leadership amongst these players will be found. It starts with cleansing the locker room of players who won’t adhere to the men that want to take on that role.

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