Originally written on Inside the Bears  |  Last updated 12/2/11
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Although Earl Bennett missed five games this season, the Bears rewarded the receiver with a four-year extension Friday worth $18 million, half of which is guaranteed. Scheduled to become a free agent next offseason, Bennett has endeared himself throughout the organization with his attitude, his versatility and his chemistry with former Vanderbilt teammate Jay Cutler. A third-round pick in 2008, his best season was 2009, when he posted career highs in catches (54) and receiving yards (717). Those are modest figures, but Bennett has distinguished himself as one of the league’s best slot receivers, and he has been the team’s …
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