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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