Posted July 16, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Earl Bennett
TEAMS: Chicago Bears
Can Bears wideout Earl Bennett, who has severely underachieved the past two seasons in Chicago, finally reach his potential as a slot receiver in Marc Trestman’s new West Coast offense?

Bears land at No. 18 in PFT’s power rankings

New coach Marc Trestman should upgrade the Chicago Bears passing attack as a proven NFL offensive mind. The big question is how he will get along with veteran quarterback Jay Cutler, who has burned some bridges with coaches in the past. His rough relationship with former OC Mike Tice was put on public display in 2012 and the team could be tiring of his attitude. As proof, the...

Charles Tillman uncertain about future with Bears

Chicago Bears’ defensive back Charles Tillman was arguably the best cornerback in the league last year. He was even in discussion early in the season to win Defensive Player of the Year before the team dropped 5 out of 6 games late in the season. With the 11-year veteran entering his contract year, Tillman tells the Chicago Tribune his goal was to play ten years in the league....

Jay Cutler’s contract year and future with the Bears

Perhaps the most under-publicized player going into a contract year is Jay Cutler. Even though he’s likely one of the next quarterbacks to sign a big contract, not much has been made of the Bears plans for him. John Mullin from thinks the Bears have indicated they would like to keep Cutler beyond the 2013 season. “One domino in the Cutler scenario came when the...

Predicting the Chicago Bears 53-man roster on defense and the contract status of each player

Continuing the break down of the Bears 53-man roster prediction as we get ready to start the training camp preview series we come to the defense.  Taking a look at the defense we can see where the most turnover is likely to occur after the 2013 season.  There are a lot of free agents, and possible free agents that are a part of the 2013 53-man roster prediction.  Either one of...

QB Jay Cutler says he’s focused on football, not a new deal

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he’s focused on football, not a new contract. However, the team may have a little to do with that. Cutler implies that he’ll address it at some point during training camp, but the Bears have made it clear they are fine with the status quo and they want to see how his relationship with new coach Marc Trestman works out. Which means...

Henry Melton to play 2013 season under franchise tag

Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline has come and gone, and the Chicago Bears did not reach a long-term agreement with franchise-tagged Henry Melton.  Melton will play the 2013 season under the tender he signed while making $8.45 million.  The Bears had hoped to come to an agreement with the defensive tackle, but it will have to wait until the end of the season now. Henry Melton Melton...

Report: Bears talked about offering Cutler a $15 million per year extension before they hired Trestman

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears talked about offering quarterback Jay Cutler a contract extension worth $15 million per year before they hired head coach Marc Trestman this offseason. Sources said the team previously discussed giving Cutler a long-term deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 million per season. But that was before Marc Trestman took over as head...

Marshall hopes Bennett opens pass game

Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall said Tuesday he's happy for the addition of tight end Martellus Bennett, because it could take some of the receiving pressure off him. In his first season with the Bears, Marshall set career highs with 118 catches, 194 targets and 1,508 yards. The Bears receiver with the next highest number of targets was Earl Bennett with 49. Marshall...

Report: Bears Discussed Extension With Jay Cutler Before Hiring Marc Trestman

Jay Cutler may tell you that he loves Marc Trestman’s new offensive approach, but the arrival of Trestman may have cost Cutler a mega deal according to  Reports suggest that the Bears had a $15 million a year extension on the table for Cutler, before firing Lovie Smith. $15 million a season will be about what the going rate is to franchise a quarterback next season...

Bears’ Henry Melton will play under the franchise tag this season

Today is the deadline for players that have been hit with the franchise tag to sign a long-term extension with their current teams.  If something doesn’t get done today, both sides will have to wait until after the upcoming season to work on a deal. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton will play under the franchise tag this coming season. The 26...

Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: Goals for Camp on Offense

The Chicago Bears are a little over a week away from the start of the 2013 training camp down in Bourbonnais Illinois and it will be a completely revamped set of practices as a result.  The Bears have moved on from the Lovie Smith era and begin anew with the Marc Trestman era, an era of  uncertainty.  Trestman has never been a head coach and has been out of the NFL since 2004...

Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: Goals for Camp on Defense

Continuing with the goals for training camp series we come to the defense and what must be accomplished during the transition from Lovie Smith to Mel Tucker.  There's a lot of stuff that's supposed to stay relatively close to what Smith did on defense.  Jon Hoke and Mike Phair are two key holdovers from Lovie Smith's staff so they'll be here to  help smooth the...
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