Martellus Bennett TE CHI 1 month ago

Bennett has reported to the Bears' team facility ahead of Tuesday's beginning to their mandatory three-day minicamp, NFL.com reports.

Bennett has skipped all of the Bears' offseason activities thus far while seeking a new contract, but with the threat of being fined for missing minicamp looming, the tight end has returned to Chicago for this week's practices. As a result, it appears Bennett will finally be available to begin learning new offensive coordinator Adam Gase's scheme. Last season, Bennett set career-highs with 90 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns.

Martellus Bennett TE CHI 2 months ago

Coach John Fox said Wednesday that he isn't certain if Bennett will report to the team for next week's mandatory three-day minicamp, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

Bennett has been absent from the Bears' entire offseason program thus far, likely due to his dissatisfaction with his $4.9 million 2015 base salary. The Pro Bowl tight end is still under contract for two more seasons at that cap figure, which likely stifles the Bears' motivation to offer any sort of long-term extension. Should he opt to skip the three-day minicamp, Bennett would be subject to a fine for every day he misses.

Martellus Bennett TE CHI 2 months ago

Bennett remained away from the Bears' offseason program Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

After leading all tight ends with 90 receptions in 2014, Bennett has yet to attend a voluntary workout this offseason due to his want for an amended contract. Entering the third season of a four-year deal, his dissatisfaction spurred rumors that the Bears were shopping the TE prior to the draft, which could reemerge if his absence extends through the remainder of the offseason program and into training camp. His contract status aside, his presence is valuable in a passing attack that is thin outside of Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte.

Martellus Bennett TE CHI 3 months ago

Coach John Fox said Thursday that he anticipates Bennett will still be a member of the Bears after the NFL Draft concludes over the weekend, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports.

Reports earlier this week suggested the Bears were open to moving Bennett after he elected not to attend the team's offseason program due to his desire for a new contract. The 28-year-old, who is due $4.9 million in 2015, led all tight ends with 90 receptions last season, and established career-best outputs in yardage (1,038) and touchdowns (six). While it's still possible the Bears could look to deal Bennett if his dissatisfaction with his contract continues by the time training camp arrives, the team's dearth of receiving options after Alshon Jeffery will probably motivate the team to wait out the impasse with Bennett.

Martellus Bennett TE CHI 3 months ago

Bennett is reportedly a candidate to be dealt by the Bears, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The report suggests that Bennett, who is set to enter the third year of a four-year, $20.4 million deal that he signed before the 2013 season, is seeking a new contract. Meanwhile, Bennett who caught a career-high 90 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, has not participated in the Bears' voluntary workout program thus far. In any case, as the NFL draft approaches, there's all kinds of trade chatter in general, so for now, we'll consider the notion that Bennett could be dealt a speculative one.

Martellus Bennett TE CHI 7 months ago

Bennett had eight catches on 11 targets for 59 yards during Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Quarterback Jay Cutler's inconsistent play this season was mirrored in Bennett's production, as he had five games with double-digit targets, but six games with fewer than 40 receiving yards (including Week 16's donut). Despite the inconsistencies, Bennett still finished with a career-high 916 receiving yards and six touchdowns, though with the Bears possibly looking to move on from Cutler, Bennett may need to prove himself to a new QB next year.

Martellus Bennett TE CHI 7 months ago

Bennett caught one pass for zero yards in the Bears' Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Bennett had already entered Week 16 with career-bests in catches (82), receiving yardage (857) and touchdowns (six), but he couldn't have picked a worse time to put up a bagel with many of his fantasy owners rolling him out for their championship matches. He saw a season-low three targets on the afternoon with Jimmy Clausen at the helm, but with previous starter Jay Cutler calling the signals for the Week 17 game against the Vikings, Bennett could be in line for a rebound performance.

Martellus Bennett TE CHI 7 months ago

Bennett caught 4-of-6 targets for 36 yards in Monday's 31-15 loss to the Saints.

The six targets were second on the team to Alshon Jeffery's nine, but it was still a disappointing total for Bennett in the first game since Brandon Marshall suffered a season-ending injury. While volume probably won't be an issue for the tight end over the final two weeks, Chicago's offense was a complete disaster in Monday's favorable matchup. Next week brings a much tougher matchup with the Lions, though Bennett did manage eight catches for 109 yards on Thanksgiving.

Martellus Bennett TE CHI 7 months ago

Bennett is not listed on the Bears' injury report for Monday night's game against the Saints.

Bennett appeared to injure his leg/knee in the second half of last Thursday's game against the Cowboys, but he is apparently feeling no ill effects heading into Week 15. The Saints have had all kinds of trouble stopping opposing passing attacks this year, so feel free to roll with Bennett on Monday night.

Martellus Bennett TE CHI 8 months ago

Bennett (foot) caught 12-of-15 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 41-28 loss to the Cowboys.

Jay Cutler attempted 46 passes, and with Brandon Marshall (ribs) forced out of the game, the veteran signal-caller often had to settle for dump-offs to Bennett or Matt Forte. Bennett did have a few double-digit gains, but nothing beyond 16 yards. Bennett appeared to injure his leg/knee during the second half, and while he returned to catch more passes, he was seen limping on multiple occasions. Bennett will have 10 full days to rest, heading into a Monday Night Football matchup with the porous New Orleans defense.