Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (80) celebrates after catching a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Could Bolster Receiver Depth by Bringing Back Recently Cut Bennett

Hopefully former Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett chose to rent in Cleveland rather than buy.  Just about a month after signing with the Cleveland Browns, they terminated Bennett’s contract, making him a free agent once again.  The Bears could do a lot worse at the wide receiver position than bringing Bennett back.

Everyone is in a hurry to anoint Marquess Wilson as the new #3 wide receiver, but let’s face it, he’s a 7th round pick who had two catches in 2013.  With Domenik Hixon’s unfortunate season ending knee injury, the Bears receiver depth looks a little shaky behind top receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.  Journeyman Josh Morgan suddenly looks like an interesting choice to earn a spot on the Bears roster to serve as a backup wide receiver.

Bennett was cut as a cap casualty earliest this offseason.  He got a bloated contract extension a few seasons ago when he was considered the Bears’ top wide receiver.  Then Brandon Marshall came via trade and they drafted Jeffery, who had a breakout season in 2013.  If either of those two were to go down, the Bears receiver corps would take a big hit.  It couldn’t hurt to bring in Bennett to compete for a backup receiver job.  He has a longstanding relationship with Cutler from back in their Vanderbilt days and is usually a reliable target who already knows the Marc Trestman’s complex offensive system.

What do you think?  Should the Bears bring Bennett back for another shot?

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  • David A Maupin

    I definately think they should. Granted he would have to take a pay cut which he wasn’t willing to do to begin with. I think he will test the market and won’t be in any rush if he is looking for the top dollar he can get. So why rush. He knows the system already. Has chemistry with Jay and may be holding a slight grudge, but if no one picks him up by training camp then I see him coming back competing for the #4 WR job behind Wilson. He should stick on the squad also.

  • Thompson Way

    This should be a no brainer, and Bennett should be willing to take less just to make a team this year. I can see another one of Emery’s famous one year contracts being offered soon.

  • Cutler2Marshall312

    Bringing Bennet back was the first thought that came to my mind, But if you do bring him back he will be competing for that 4th reciever slot or 5th spot if Chris Williams finds a nitch in the offense, Williams will be the #1 punt/kick returner. Bennet knows Trestmens Off. But I think J Morgan is a bigger physical Bennet (Position WR)..Far as M. Wilson that label he has as being a 7th Rd pick, Yes he was drafted in the 7th Rd but before the incident at Washington St, Wilson was considered a 1st or early 2nd Rd pick, Wilson’s talent wasn’t the question coming into the draft it was his attitude, with that being said nothing is set in stone and M. Wilson hasn’t proved anything yet on the field but if he doesn’t it won’t be b/c he was a 7th Rd Pick…#BearByBirth

    • Ksp48

      I don’t disagree, except that I’m so sick of hearing about this 4th round running back, or that 7th round recover or this other guy who was considered a first or second round pick except for whatever. Funny how few of them ever perform like a first of second round pick even after whatever. The Bears have another one of them in an undrafted guard from last year (see I can’t even remember his name).

      • Ken

        Yep, that’s one way to grow a great team. Check out the Bears first round picks from 1979-1985. They were all starters in SB20. Since then, the drafting in the first round has been horrible except for Urlacher, Anderson (maybe), and Olsen.

  • Ken

    Yes, if you want the same results- no playoffs- then bring him back.

    • metalhead65

      right he was the reason the bears have not made the playoffs. he was the one who could not block and give Cutler time to throw ball, he was the one who could not tackle anyone last season. the fact is he was the bears best receiver before marshasll and jeffery came along and it is not his fault he was only thrown to on 3rd. down. get a clue ken

      • Ken

        Not saying he was the reason, however, he will not be part of the solution to get the Bears to the playoffs as their WR. His career stats are mediocre, and he was ranked dead last of 111 WRs by Pro Football Focus. Let go of the past- and live in the present and prepare for the future. He even got cut from the Browns who need a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th WR. He could not beat out the other 13 WRs on the roster? That’s a problem. Bears have plenty of better options instead of playing Bennett. Maybe Lovie will give him a shot… the Bears need to move on- and not look back.

  • BearMauler

    The only way he is coming back is if he has no pride. He was cut after taking a pay cut and now he would be coming back and taking less to compete for the 4th receiver. It would be nice for the Bears but not very realistic to think it would happen.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Everyone has pride until they have to pay their bills.

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    With all the unknown revolving around Gordon why would they cut a healthy Earl B.? Plus they already saying Miles Austin is unable to practice b/c of injuries…..good luck Cleveland.

    Yeah, one year deal in 3….2…..1…..

  • Michael Rushton

    I have to think there’s something going on with Earl Bennett that’s not being reported. How on earth did a solid slot receiver like Bennett get cut from the virtually receiverless Browns?