First Brandon Marshall is traded and now Martellus Bennett is on his way out of Chicago?
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Bears are entertaining trade offers for Bennett, per his league sources. According to Schefter, Bennett wants a new contract in Chicago or anywhere.
With that being said, I wouldn’t read into the trade rumors started by Schefter. Bennett much like Matt Forte has chosen to train at his place of preference over at Fit Speed Athletic Performance in Northbrook rather than at Halas Hall for voluntary workouts.
Bennett reportedly stopped by Halas Hall during the strength and conditioning program to catch up with teammates one day.
For weeks we heard so much about Forte’s absence from the voluntary workouts and he went to Instagram on Tuesday to inform Bears fans that he’ll be there for OTA’s and beyond. He is in the last year of his current deal, while Bennett has two years remaining on the four-year, $20.4 million deal he signed in the 2013 off-season.
Expect Bennett to take to social media if these rumors are indeed erroneous. He is very active on Instagram these days sending out a post just 17 hours ago that had this comment below the picture: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Take what you will from that post, but he could easily be talking about life in general in which he often does.
“With [Forte] and Martellus, of course we’d want them to be here,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace told the media Wednesday. “Those are individual choices and hey, these are voluntary right now. We’re building chemistry and culture.”
On the field, Bennett has been nothing but a great player for the Bears in his two seasons. He’s recorded 155 catches for 1,675 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 10.8 yards per catch in 30 starts.
Bennett was voted to his first Pro Bowl a year ago as he posted career-highs in basically every category with catches (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (six).
He passed Mike Ditka’s 1975 record for the most receptions in a single season in Week 12 as he was targeted 128 times for the season.
Bennett turned 28 last month and certainly has plenty of football ahead of him after playing his first four seasons in Dallas and the 2012 season with the Giants.
He’ll earn just under $5 million this season and just over that in 2016, the final year of his deal. He has no guaranteed money remaining left on it.
Behind Bennett are veterans Dante Rosario, Zach Miller and Bear Pascoe and youngsters Blake Annen and Jacob Maxwell.
If the Bears decided to trade Bennett rather than give him a possible new deal they will be left with a big void on offense. They already need to add another No. 1/No.2 wide receiver talent with Marshall gone.
Of course, anything can happen in this league as we’ve seen it’s a business when it comes to contract and player movement, but trading Bennett makes very little sense.
Plus the draft projects the top eight tight ends to be selected between Round 2 and Round 5. It’s a weak draft class to say the least at tight end.
I’ll leave you with this tweet from Sun-Times Bears reporter Adam Jahns.
Told the #Bears‘ new brass has been upset with Martellus Bennett and his stance to skip the voluntary workouts. Taken aback by it.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) April 29, 2015
Thoughts on these rumors and what you think about Bennett’s future?
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