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Martellus Bennett | Tight End

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Texas A&M
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Martellus Bennett confirmed Tuesday he plans to be at Bears training camp.
Bennett skipped OTAs over dissatisfaction with his contract, but he reported to minicamp and it appears the fuss is over. Bennett explained his OTA absence by stating "every American should be trying to get a new contract." Bennett's receptions will drop with Eddie Royal and Kevin White added to Chicago's receiver corps, but "Black Unicorn" could set a career high in touchdowns. New OC Adam Gase is as diligent as any NFL coordinator about feeding his biggest players in the red zone. Bennett stands 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds. Jun 16 - 5:05 PM

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Martellus Bennett indeed reported to Halas Hall on Monday ahead of the start of Bears mandatory minicamp.

Practice gets underway Tuesday. Bennett skipped the previous eight weeks of Chicago's offseason program, and has "made clear his desire for a new contract." Bennett's unwillingness to absorb fines that would've come from missing the mandatory minicamp strongly indicates Bennett is also unwilling to absorb far-more hefty fines associated with skipping training camp or regular season games. He can now start learning new OC Adam Gase's offense.
Jun 15 - 11:08 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports Martellus Bennett will attend Bears mandatory minicamp Tuesday "barring an unforeseen twist."

Bennett protested his contract situation by skipping OTAs but wasn't willing to pay the $72,920 fine that comes from missing minicamp. Bennett led the NFL in receptions among tight ends (90) last season. He's sure to see a downtick in targets this year after the Bears added Kevin White and Eddie Royal.
Jun 15 - 3:09 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs' "hunch" is that Martellus Bennett reports to Bears mandatory minicamp next week.

ESPN Chicago has also predicted Martellus will show for minicamp. Bennett is under contract, so he can be fined for not attending. OTAs are considered voluntary, and therefore his absence from them was not eligible to be penalized. The Bears have been staunch in their stance that Bennett isn't getting the raise he wants. The 28-year-old is owed a $4.9 million salary in 2015.
Jun 12 - 2:20 PM

ESPN Chicago believes "the most likely outcome" is that Martellus Bennett shows up to mandatory minicamp.

Bennett is skipping voluntary workouts, but runs the risk of being fined if he doesn't attend June 16 minicamp. Despite setting career highs last year, the Bears aren't expected to give Bennett a raise and are reportedly willing to go the distance with his holdout. With Bennett under contract for the next two years, Chicago holds all the leverage. Bennett will likely be forced to play out 2015 at his $4.9 million salary.
Jun 3 - 5:23 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole said the Bears are "more than willing" to let TE Martellus Bennett "go the distance" with his hold out.

Owed just under $10 million over the final two years of his deal, Bennett has been absent to this point in the Bears' offseason program. Bennett is making his point clear by missing voluntary events, but he can prove he is serious about the holdout by skipping Chicago's mandatory minicamp on June 16. Bennett set career highs in receptions (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (6) last season.
May 30 - 9:34 AM

Martellus Bennett did not appear at OTAs Wednesday as he continues to hold out for a new contract.

He hasn't been at any of the Bears' practices over the last five weeks. At his current annual salary, Bennett is the league's 13th highest-paid tight end. The 2014 Pro Bowler deserves a raise but the Bears don't have to give him one as he's still under contract for two more seasons. Bennett set career-highs in catches (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (six) last season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 3:45 PM

An NFL personnel director told ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson TE Martellus Bennett's contract situation hurts his trade value.

Bennett is unhappy with the $9.985 million owed to him over the final two years of his deal, and he made that discontent known by skipping the Bears' voluntary workouts. Bennett's desire for a new contract could hurt his trade value, as any team which trades for him would also need to work out a long-term extension with the inconsistent and eccentric playmaker. With the draft already in the books, the most likely scenario is Bennett plays out 2015 under his current contract before revisiting a new deal next offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 10:00 AM

ESPN Chicago considers the status of disgruntled Bears TE Martellus Bennett "unresolved."

Bennett wants more money and has yet to report for offseason activities. "The answer is not going to change much -- it is voluntary," coach John Fox said on the final day of rookie minicamp. "I prefer guys be here, but if they’re not, they’re not." The Bears will know Martellus is willing to play hardball if he doesn't report to their mandatory minicamp in June, for which Bennett can be fined if he skips.
May 10 - 1:43 PM

Coach John Fox said Thursday that he expects Martellus Bennett to be on the Bears' roster when the draft concludes.

"Yeah," Fox said when asked if Bennett will be staying with Chicago. ESPN reported Wednesday that the Bears are open to trading Bennett, who wants a new contract. Losing Bennett would deliver a massive blow to Chicago's offense, as he is both a high-impact pass catcher and run blocker. They have very little behind him, and this year's draft is weak on tight end talents.
Apr 30 - 12:45 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes Baltimore "makes sense" as a potential landing spot for disgruntled Bears TE Martellus Bennett.

The Ravens have ten draft picks -- tied for second most in the NFL -- while the Bears only have six. Baltimore also has a major need for pass catchers, and new Ravens OC Marc Trestman oversaw back-to-back career years from Martellus in 2013-2014 with Chicago. Hensley also mentions Brandon Pettigrew as a possible Ravens target. Bennett is a far-superior player to Pettigrew.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 29 - 6:31 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are "entertaining trade offers" for TE Martellus Bennett.

Bennett is entering the third year of a four-year, $20.4 million contract and wants a new deal. With a new regime in Chicago, the Bears are probably at least open to the idea of saving some money and acquiring more picks in the draft with Bennett coming off a career season in which he posted a 90-916-6 line. The "Black Unicorn" led all tight ends in targets with 125. He just turned 28.
Apr 29 - 2:15 PM

Martellus Bennett has skipped the first two weeks of the Bears' offseason program.

The reasons for Bennett's absence aren't yet known. Coming off a career high 90/1,038/6 line, Bennett is under contract for $9.98 million the next two seasons.
Apr 25 - 4:40 PM

Martellus Bennett secured 8-of-11 targets for 59 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

In a breakout second season under Marc Trestman, Bennett set career highs in receptions (90), yards (916), and touchdowns (6). Bennett is 27 years old with a secure future in Chicago. His 2015 base salary is a reasonable $4.9 million. Bennett will return as a mid-range to low-end TE1 in fantasy leagues next season. It's worth noting that his 2014 production was a bit puffed up by injuries to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery over the course of the season, leading to more targets than ever for "Black Unicorn."
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Martellus Bennett caught one pass for zero yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Bennett was targeted just three times while Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson combined for 25. That may have been part of the gameplan as a Bears offensive line without Kyle Long tried to protect Jimmy Clausen. In the previous four games, Bennett averaged 9.7 targets per day. The Bears wrap the season against the Vikings next week.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:36:00 PM