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Martellus Bennett | Tight End

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 273
College: Texas A&M
Contract: view contract details

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Martellus Bennett caught 11-of-13 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown Week 4 against the Raiders.
Bennett continued the trend of tight ends dominating the Raiders, and he could have had a bigger day if Jay Cutler did not underthrow him on what would have been an easy touchdown. After four games, Bennett is on pace for 96 catches for 804 yards and eight touchdowns. He will struggle to reach those numbers with Alshon Jeffery healthy, but he should remain a solid TE1 all season. Oct 4 - 6:48 PM

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Martellus Bennett reeled in 4-of-6 targets for 15 yards in the Bears' Week 3 loss to the Seahawks.

Bennett’s longest catch went for six yards as Jimmy Clausen's outing made famously risk-averse Alex Smith look downright daring in comparison. Even with a more capable signal caller, Martellus probably wouldn’t have done much damage on Sunday. Seattle’s elite defense barely gave him an inch. He should have an easier time against Oakland in Week 4.
Sep 27 - 9:42 PM

Martellus Bennett caught 4-of-6 targets for 48 yards in Chicago's Week 2 loss to the Cardinals.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Bennett owners, as he got tackled on the one-yard line in the second quarter. Any realistic shot at a bigger day went down the drain when Jay Cutler injured his hamstring late in the first half. Bennett will be a lower-end TE1 for next week's trip to Seattle if Cutler can't get healthy.
Sep 20 - 6:08 PM

Martellus Bennett caught 5-of-7 targets for 55 yards and one touchdown in the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Packers.

Bennett saved his day late with a garbage-time 24-yard touchdown deep into the fourth quarter. He's now scored a touchdown in four-straight Week 1 games. Bennett's seven targets were third-most on the Bears behind Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte, and that's the expectation for the season. He's a surefire TE1 every week because of the shallow position and Jay Cutler's love for Bennett. Bennett will be at the top of the tight end ranks next week against Arizona.
Sep 13 - 5:21 PM

Martellus Bennett caught seven passes for 45 yards in Saturday's third preseason game.

With the Bears top three receivers sidelined, Jay Cutler locked on to Bennett for seven targets. He continues to have a strong preseason, posting 11 catches for 94 yards. Bennett should be drafted as a mid-to-high TE1.
Aug 29 - 10:07 PM

Martellus Bennett reported for the start of Bears training camp.

Bennett sat out all of OTAs and minicamp. He wants a new contract, but has two years remaining on his current four-year deal and seems to have conceded more money won't be coming his way this year. "I'll do what I did last season," he said, "and it will address itself." Bennett set career-highs in catches (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (six) last year and remains a mid-to-high TE1.
Jul 31 - 9:11 AM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes this could be Martellus Bennett's final season in Chicago.

Bennett led all tight ends with 90 catches last season, but is unhappy with his contract. He's promised to report for training camp, but is headed into his age-28 season. He's due an eminently reasonable $5.085 million in 2016, but the Bears may decide to move on if they don't believe Bennett is worthy of an extension. Bennett's unique personality hasn't always endeared him to coaching staffs the way it does fans.
Jul 27 - 1:26 PM

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

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.
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.
May 16 - 10:00 AM

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QB1Jay Cutler
2Jimmy Clausen
3David Fales
RB1Matt Forte
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3Jeremy Langford
4Ka'Deem Carey
GLB1Matt Forte
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Matt Forte
2Jacquizz Rodgers
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Marquess Wilson
3Marc Mariani
WR21Eddie Royal
2Cameron Meredith
3Josh Bellamy
4Kevin White
WR31Marquess Wilson
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Zach Miller
3Khari Lee
LT1Jermon Bushrod
2Charles Leno
LG1Matt Slauson
C1Will Montgomery
2Hroniss Grasu
RG1Vlad Ducasse
2Patrick Omameh
RT1Kyle Long
2Tayo Fabuluje
K1Robbie Gould