With the start of the regular season just around the corner, the Chicago Bears could be looking to dump wide receiver Earl Bennett and his overpriced contract on another team. At least, that’s the rumor swirling around in the Windy City.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears could be looking to ship Bennett out before the regular season rolls around.
“Bears have had some discussions about trading WR Earl Bennett. Trades not easy to make this time of year, though,” Schefter said via Twitter.
The latter part of Schefter’s assertion could be particularly true, especially since Bennett has been sidelined by a concussion since early August. Even with a couple teams looking for help out wide, the fact that Bennett just got back to catching balls isn’t going to help the Bears orchestrate a trade.
It also won’t be easy to find a trade partner considering that he’s set to make $2.25 million in 2013, a figure that he simply hasn’t proven to be worth.
The fact that the Bears are considering putting Bennett on the trading block could also hint at the veteran receiver potentially being cut on Saturday. Chicago could be looking for a way to get something in return for their underwhelming receiver before severing ties, especially considering how much they’ve already invested in him. The reality is, though, that they wouldn’t get much more than a conditional late-round pick – if that – for Bennett.
The Bears tried Bennett at the slot receiver spot last season with mixed success. Although he has a tendency to get open, he struggles to consistently make plays after the catch and hasn’t asserted himself as a go-to target for Chicago. The emergence of Alshon Jeffery and rookie Marquess Wilson could also have made him expendable in the Bears’ eyes.
Bennett may have been college teammates with starting quarterback Jay Cutler, but he’s clearly become a bigger burden for the Bears than anything else. If he gets traded anytime soon, I doubt he’ll be missed in Chicago.