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Bears Put WR Earl Bennett On The Trade Block

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Veteran WR Earl Bennett is unlikely to draw much interest on the trade market given his salary and injury issues. Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images.
Veteran WR Earl Bennett is unlikely to draw much interest on the trade market given his salary and injury issues. Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears have placed WR Earl Bennett on the trade block and are looking for suitors. Schefter also (correctly) tweeted that “trades [are] not easy to make this time of year.” 

At this point in the year, teams aren’t especially willing to take a chance on bringing someone new into the system when there’s no guarantee that they will pick it up quickly.  This is doubly true for someone like Bennett who is due $2.25 million this season and has shown that he is prone to concussions.

Most recently, Bennett suffered a concussion that sidelined him for four weeks, only returning as a limited participant to Wednesday’s practice. Bennett, who is the Bears No. 3 receiver, will more likely end up as a roster casualty than a piece in a trade. 

Seventh-round rookie Marquess Wilson, who probably would have gone higher in the draft if not for character concerns, has shown well in camp and preseason games. He may be the catalyst that causes Bennett’s departure. If Chicago had to turn the 75 players on their roster into 53 today, Wilson would be all but a lock to make the team.

The Bears shopping the veteran rather than immediately releasing him is more out of respect for him than anything else. His salary and past injury issues will make it difficult for any team to justify giving anything up to get him.