Bears could trade tight end Martellus Bennett

SHARE Bears could trade tight end Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett’s absence from the Bears’ the voluntary minicamp this week and earlier workouts has a purpose. The gregarious tight end wants a new contract despite having two years remaining on his current one.

A source said the Bears’ new brass was taken aback by Bennett’s decision to skip their voluntary training. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Bears are now entertaining trades for Bennett, and that the Seattle Seahawks had inquired about him before acquiring tight end Jimmy Graham in March.

Bennett led all tight ends in catches last season with 90 and went to his first Pro Bowl. He was signed to a four-year deal worth up to $20.4 million in 2013.

What could the Bears get for Bennett with the draft beginning on Thursday?

“I would say a fourth-round pick, maybe,” said NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout for the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles. “He’s a very talented football player, but at this point in time, when you look at that position in this draft, it’s not really top-heavy, but there is a lot of value in those middle-round picks. Maybe you could get a third? But I would think a fourth-round pick is probably where you would start.”

Bennett has been working out locally at FitSpeed Athletic Performance. Running back Matt Forte also isn’t participating in the Bears’ voluntary minicamp.

“I know these are individual choices by each player,” he said. “I understand this is all voluntary. With him and Martellus, of course we want them to be here, especially year one where we’re building chemistry and culture. But those are individual choices and these are voluntary right now.”

Were the Bears to move Bennett, they would be thin at tight end. Their roster includes Dante Rosario, Bear Pascoe and Zach Miller.

Contributing: Patrick Finley

The Latest
For months, the care of migrants at police stations has fallen to volunteers. The price tag for that, they say, is in the millions.
Cubs closer Adbert Alzolay is expected to be activated on Friday for the final series of the regular season.
The long-awaited analysis by Chicago Public Schools leaders examined facilities needs citywide, where school buildings are on average 83 years old with some in serious disrepair.
In an exclusive interview with ABC 7, the woman said she still doesn’t know how a bullet wound up in her right calf as she sat with family and friends in Section 161 during the fourth inning of the White Sox’ game against the Oakland A’s on Aug. 25.
The Illinois attorney general’s office filed an amended complaint to a 2018 lawsuit accusing the hotel owners of continuing to skirt rules about water discharge into the Chicago River.