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?