The Chicago Bears announced today that they have signed WR Earl Bennett to a well deserved, multi-year extension. The following was issued by the team:
LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have signed WR Earl Bennett to a four-year extension. Bennett’s contract now runs through the 2015 season.
A third-round selection (70th overall) of the Bears in the 2008 NFL Draft, Bennett has 118 career receptions for 1,554 yards (13.2 ypr) with six touchdowns in 46 career games played (19 starts). The Vanderbilt product also added a 49- yard punt return touchdown in 2009 when filling in for an injured Devin Hester.
Over the last 14 contests he has played in, dating back to Week 9 of the 2010 season, Bennett has caught 16 passes on third down converting all 16 of them into first downs. During that time, Bennett is one of six NFL players to convert all of their third down receptions into first downs (minimum 10 receptions), with his 16 being the most among that group of six.
In 2011, Bennett has 18 receptions for 276 yards (15.3 ypr) with one touchdown in six games played (one start).