Agent: No Rift Between Bears, Martellus Bennett

FRIDAY, 1:57pm: “There isn’t any rift or tension [between Bennett and the Bears,” agent Kennard McGuire tells Ian Rapoport of (Twitter link). “Whoever is making these remarks should stand up to them.”

THURSDAY, 9:09am: Martellus Bennett was absent from the Bears’ 17-13 win over the Packers on Thursday night due to a rib injury. At least, that’s what both the team and the tight end claim. However, sources tell Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that Bennett was acting out in practice two days before the game because he was upset with how he was being deployed in a red-zone package. It seems possible then that Bennett’s absence was sparked by frustrations over his usage and his contract as the latter issue led to him skipping voluntary offseason workouts.

Head coach John Fox was dismissive when asked if Bennett was upset with how he is being used. “You will have to ask him about that,” Fox said. “I don’t know. I don’t really care. I get upset too. I think he is one of the top-five targeted tight ends in the league.” Indeed, Bennett is No. 5 among tight ends with 76 targets and was No. 3 going into Week 12, trailing only Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olsen.

Bennett is earning $4.9MM with a $100K workout bonus for the 2015 season. He’s under contract for one more year with a base salary of $5.085MM and another $100K workout bonus. Currently, the 28-year-old has the 13th highest deal in the league (per Over The Cap) and he likely wants to be compensated closer to the top 5.

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6 comments on “Agent: No Rift Between Bears, Martellus Bennett

  1. He should start catching the ball when he is targeted. I hope they cut him in the off season. They got rid of Marshall for the drama nonsense and this guy isn’t as productive and causes nearly as much B.S.

    • Andrewc62

      His production will be just like Marshall’s go to an actual good team with a QB that doesn’t throw lame ducks and he’ll be a 70 catch machine.

      • DaBar

        Just like when he played with Romo and Eli, right?

      • Connor Byrne

        A few disagreements…
        1. Cutler is better than Fitzpatrick.
        2. Are the Jets really “an actual good team” compared to the Bears? If the two played each other this year, it’d probably be a low-scoring tossup.
        3. Bennett did lead all NFL tight ends with 90 catches last year. Most of those passes came from Cutler.

    • baseballrat

      That’s why you would be terrible GM. Look how the Marshall deal turned out. You seen his numbers?

  2. RON Ray

    I hope Chicago can keep this team together with a few pieces and have a winner again like they had in 1985 BEARS!!! TRUE BEARS FAN FROM OREGON…DA BEARS

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