Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 7/16/12

Earl Bennett and Jay Cutler have a relationship that dates back to college, where the two played together at Vanderbilt. This season, the Bears would like to get more out of both of them. Bennett’s production was solid in 2009 when Cutler first arrived in Chicago. He caught 54 balls for 717 yards that season, but he has fallen off a bit over the past couple seasons and totaled only 381 yards last year. Cutler has also been disappointing and has not come close to duplicating his terrific 2008 season with the Broncos.

Despite the underwhelming production, Bennett feels as though Cutler is the best quarterback in the NFL.

“We have the top running back arguably in the league, top quarterback, the receiving corp is deep,” Bennett told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM NFL radio Monday according to Around the League.

Schein then took the opportunity to ask Bennett if he was saying he thinks Cutler is better than Aaron Rodgers. Jay’s old buddy gave a very definitive answer.

“Of course,” he replied.

If Cutler is ever going to break out with the Bears, this has to be the season. He should be more comfortable with receivers like Bennett and Devin Hester, and the Bears have reunited him with his favorite top-flight receiver in Brandon Marshall. Perhaps Bennett is simply trying to suck up to Cutler after angering him by revealing the sex of Jay and Kristin Cavallari’s baby. Whatever the case, Cutler simply is not even close to as good as Rodgers and about five or six other quarterbacks across the league.

Photo credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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