On Tuesday, ESPN Chicago reported that Bennett is likely going to be released by the Bears. The reports states that Bennett was asked by the team to take a pay-cut but declined. With Bennett declining to take a decrease in pay, the Bears are expected to release Bennett in the near future.
When healthy, Bennett proved to be a dependable target for the Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler. While playing behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery last season, Bennett hailed in 32 passes for a total of 243 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. In his career, Bennett has 186 receptions for a total of 2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In recent seasons, Bennett has served as the slot receiver in the Bears offense. Though, with the emergence of Marquess Wilson at the end of last season, Bennett became expendable for the Bears. Despite being expendable, Bears head coach Marc Trestman did seem to value what Bennett brought to the team.
This is the second straight off-season in which the Bears asked Bennett to take a reduction in pay. Bennett agreed to a reduction last season in a decision that likely kept him with the team at the time.