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Bennett Reportedly Traded to Patriots
Wednesday, March 16
Packers Interested in Bennett
Tuesday, March 8
Luke Rodgers of 247Sports reported that the Packers were "showing interest" in Bennett.
Bennett Coming off Injury-Riddled 2015 Season
The 29-year-old veteran had a down year in 2015, as he missed five games due to injury and ended up with just 53 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns.
It was a sharp decline from his career campaign in 2014, which saw him set personal bests with 90 grabs for 916 yards and six scores as quarterback Jay Cutler's most reliable safety valve.
The former Texas A&M standout was in line to be Cutler's No. 2 target in 2016 behind only franchise-tagged wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, but that may never materialize.
Bennett and the Bears have been mum about his situation, though, including general manager Ryan Pace, who didn't say much about his star tight end at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to ESPN.com: "I talked to him right at the end of the season. I haven't talked to him recently. Really with him, he's under contract. We have a lot of players that aren't under contract, so that's where our focus is right now."
At 6'7" with good hands and impressive blocking ability, Bennett promises to be highly sought after on the trade market.
Acquiring him wouldn't take a long-term commitment either, as he is signed for just one more year at a salary-cap hit of $6.31 million, per Spotrac.com.
Zach Miller could be a potential replacement for Bennett after putting up 439 yards last season. The Bears re-signed him on Monday.
The Bears don't seem poised to win many games in 2016, so dealing Bennett before he hits free agency is a sensible move.
Although the return isn't huge due to his impending free-agent status in 2017, potentially losing him for nothing wouldn't help Chicago's rebuild in the least.
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