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83 Martellus Bennett TE
Height/Weight: 6-6/265 | Birthdate: 3/10/1987 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA, USA | Team: Chicago | College: Texas A&M | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 64.94
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Bears TE Martellus Bennett voices views on contract dispute


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has reported to mandatory minicamp, but he has not forgotten about the issues that motivated him to stay away from voluntary practices.

Bennett has been embroiled in a contract dispute with the team. And he has a message for those complaining that he is not honoring his current deal.

"Most people don't honor their damn phone contracts," he told the team's radio network. "They just switch from Sprint to T-Mobile one year into it ... If you're playing at a high level then you want to be compensated for the level that you're playing."

Bennett has indeed taking huge steps forward over the last three seasons. He peaked in 2014 with 90 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns in earning a Pro Bowl spot.


Report: Bears TE Martellus Bennett to attend minicamp


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/15/2015) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett will report to the team's minicamp Tuesday despite his ongoing dissatisfaction with his contract situation, per the Chicago Tribune

Bennett skipped the team's voluntary practices but was facing fines for missing the mandatory, three-day camp. Bennett is seeking a raise from the $4.9 million base salary he is set to earn this season after a Pro Bowl campaign in which he caught 90 passes for 916 yards. 


Fox unsure if Bears TE Martellus Bennett will be at minicamp


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) John Fox is skeptical about the possibility of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett reporting to the mandatory three-day minicamp next week.

Bennett skipped the voluntary practices over a contract dispute, but he can be fined if he continues his absence. That doesn't make Fox any more optimistic.

"Don't know that," Fox told ESPN when asked if he expects Bennett to be present. "Again, it's a different implication on mandatory minicamp. But we'll wait and see."

Bennett, who gained a Pro Bowl spot last year, is seeking a raise from the $4.9 million base salary he is set to earn this season. He has two years remaining on a four-year contract.


Bears TE Martellus Bennett misses Wednesday's OTA


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett did not attend the team's voluntary organized team activity Wednesday, reports ESPN.com.

Bennett has not attended any of the team's offseason workouts as he waits for a new contract.


John Fox: Bears don't expect to trade Martellus Bennett during draft


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett skipped a voluntary minicamp earlier this week, leading to reports that the team had placed him on the trading block. 

Coach John Fox said that he expected Bennett to still be on the Bears' roster when the draft ended on Saturday, per ChicagoFootball.com

Despite that vote of confidence, Fox made it clear he wasn't happy with Bennett's decision to sit out the camp. 

"You know, again, I've talked to him, I know where he is, and like I said yesterday, with anyone who isn't here, I'd prefer they be here, but he's part of our football team and we'll leave it at that," Fox said.

When asked if he considered Bennett a part of Chicago's long-term plans, Fox said, "That's a tough question to answer on anybody. I don't know yet. We're just evaulating practice ... and this is our first opportunity this week."


Report: Bears fielding trade offers for TE Martellus Bennett


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/29/2015) According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears are fielding trade offers for tight end Martellus Bennett, who has not participated in any team activities this spring in the hopes of getting a new contract. 

Bennett has no guaranteed money left on the contract he signed with Chicago in 2013 and after a campaign in which he had career-highs in catches (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (5), he is in search of a new deal. 


Bears' Bennett: Trestman will be 'excellent coordinator' for Ravens


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Marc Trestman lasted only two seasons as the Bears coach before losing his job. Bears tight end Martellus Bennett said on NFL Network on Friday that Trestman's demise in Chicago was plagued by his inability to control a locker room full of personalities.

"Trestman, I think, first off, the issue that he had, probably, was managing us all, all the different personalities," Bennett said. "There's a lot of big personalities (in the locker room). And I think, for a first-time head coach in the NFL, dealing with all the personalities that you have, I think that's hard when you got guys like me, you know, (Brandon) Marshall ... Lance Briggs on defense, (Charles) Tillman.

"There's so many guys with such outgoing personalities that managing those guys and bringing them all together is what a leader needs to do, you know? And that's one of the toughest things."

Although Trestman was fired in late December, he wasn't out of work for long, landing the job as the Ravens offensive coordinator after Gary Kubiak left to become the Broncos coach. Bennett believes Trestman will have success in his new role.

"Calling plays, he was excellent," Bennett said. "I think he's going to be an excellent coordinator for the Ravens.  Strategically, he was great. But on the field, guys just weren't executing.

"A lot of it comes back to the player preparation. If you're not preparing to a high level, then the coaches can only do so much; the game's not played on paper, it's played on grass. On paper, we look great. On grass, we looked bad."


Bears' Bennett replaces Super Bowl-bound Gronk in Pro Bowl


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was added to the Pro Bowl roster Monday, taking the place of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will be unable to participate as the Patriots are preparing for the Super Bowl.

Bennett had the best season of his career in 2014. He totaled 90 catches for 916 yards and five touchdowns -- all career highs -- in 16 games.


Bears TE Bennett does heavy lifting; WR Jeffery held in check


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett did most of the heavy lifting in the aerial attack, while wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was held in check in Sunday's season finale against Minnesota.

Bennett led the way with eight catches for 59 yards on 11 targets. He finishes the season with 90 catches for 916 yards and six scores. Jeffery caught only two of five passes thrown in his direction for 34 yards in a 13-9 defeat. He turned 145 targets into 85 catches for 1,133 yards and a career-best 10 touchdowns.


Bears TE Bennett gains nothing in Sunday defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett had not been blanked in terms of yardage since Dec. 4, 2011. That is, until Sunday.

Bennett was targeted just three times and caught only one pass for no yards in the defeat to Detroit.

He still needs 143 yards in Week 17 at Minnesota to hit 1,000 for the season.


Martellus Bennett slows down a bit in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett came tumbling back down to Earth in Week 15, as the Saints held him to just three catches in a loss.

Bennett, who had 193 yards on 20 catches with a touchdown in his previous two games, was a victim of Jay Cutler's struggles Monday. He had just four catches for 36 yards, and was targeted only six times, his lowest total in four games, though he did haul in a two-point conversion to add some extra value.

Bennett came out of the gates red hot this season, scoring four touchdowns in the first three games, but has just two in 11 games since. Still, he is the team's No. 2 receiver at this point, now that Brandon Marshall is down. He's got solid enough matchup in Week 16, against a Bears team he had 109 yards against three weeks ago, so keep him active in all Fantasy formats even after his disappointing showing Monday. 


Bears TE Martellus Bennett held to 36 yards


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/16/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was a victim of Chicago's offensive futility Monday night. He caught four of six targets for 36 yards in the 31-15 loss to the Saints, marking the fourth time in the past six games he's been held under 50 yards.

Bennett plays the Lions on Sunday.


Bears TE Martellus Bennett hauls in 12 balls Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett hauled in 12 receptions Week 14 against the Cowboys.

Bennett wound up being Jay Cutler's go-to target with Brandon Marshall sidelined. Marshall left the contest in the second quarter, giving Bennett a larger role in the passing game. He finished with 84 yards and a score. Bennett's touchdown actually came with Marshall still in the game. In the first quarter, he hauled in a 12 yard score against his former team. With the performance, Bennett broke the Bears single season record for receptions by a tight end. 

He'll look to continue the trend Week 15 against the Saints. 


Martellus Bennett, Chris Conte among Bears' actives


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Bears will have tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Chris Conte Week 14 against the Cowboys.

Bennett came into the contest listed as probable due to a foot injury. Conte was questionable with an eye issue. Both players will give it a go on Thursday.

The team will also have Tim Jennings, Kyle Long and Trevor Scott. All three players were listed as probable coming in, and were always expected to play. 


Bears TE Martellus Bennett probable for TNF


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/3/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (foot) is probable for Thursday's game against the Cowboys after practicing in full Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bears' Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett limited Monday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/1/2014) Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and tight end Martellus Bennett (foot) were limited in Monday's practice ahead of Thursday's game against the Cowboys, reports ESPN.com. Both are fully expected to play.

Jeffery caught a pair of touchdowns in last Thursday's loss to the Lions, while Bennett posted his second career 100-yard game.


Bears TE Martellus Bennett has second career 100-yard game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett had his second career 100-yard receiving game during a 34-17 loss Thursday at Detroit. Bennett, who was targeted 11 times, finished with eight catches for a team-high 109 yards.

Both of Bennett's 100-yard games have come in 2014. He had a career-high 134 yards Week 4 against the Packers. 

He needs one more touchdown to set a single season career high with six. However, after totaling four touchdowns in his first three games, he has just one touchdown over his last nine games.

The Bears are back in action Week 14 vs. Dallas.


Bears' Martellus Bennett leads receivers with 37 yards


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett led the team in receiving Week 12.

Bennett gained 37 yards on four catches. The Bears offense was fairly limited, particularly in the passing game, which is how Bennett led the team with such a low total. He receiving a team-high seven targets during the contest.

Bennett will look for more Week 13 against the Lions. 


Bears backup pass catchers don't do much Week 11


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Bears backup pass catchers couldn't do much Week 11 against the Vikings.

Martellus Bennett caught four passes, gaining 29 yards. He caught all four of his targets. Marquess Wilson hauled in two catches for 11 yards in his first game of the year. Dante Rosario had one catch for 7 yards. 

They'll take on the Buccaneers Week 12. 


Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett ready to go for Bears


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Bears will have both Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett available Week 11 against the Vikings.

Marshall and Bennett came into the game listed as probable. Marshall is battling ankle issues again, while Bennett has a rib injury. The team will have nearly all of their probable players for the contest. Tim Jennings and Cornelius Washington are also listed as active. 


Bennett, Marshall among Bears' probables for Week 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Bears listed 10 players on its final injury report for Week 11 against Minnesota. Eben Britton (illness), Trevor Scott (knee) and Darryl Sharpton (hamstring) were all ruled out for Sunday. Jordan Mills (ribs) and Josh Morgan (shoulder) were unable to practice this week. Morgan is questionable, while Mills is doubtful.

Meanwhile, Martellus Bennett (ribs), Tim Jennings (knee), Brandon Marshall (ankle) Terrance Mitchell (ullness) and Cornelius Washington (illness) were all deemed probable.


Bears receivers practice Thursday, should play Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Bears pass-catchers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Martellus Bennett (ribs) were back on the practice field Thursday after missing the Wednesday session.

Both appear destined to play Sunday against Minnesota. Marshall has already expressed his intention to be active.


Bears TE Martellus Bennett tallies two receptions in Week 10 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett caught just two of his six targets for 45 yards in his team's 55-14 loss to the Packers in Week 10.

Bennett was questionable to play due to a rib injury and made it into the lineup but was held to less than three receptions for the first time this season. The first pass to Bennett came on the team's second drive and was intercepted, setting the tone for the night. The tight end saw at least one target in each quarter, so the Bears didn't shy away from using him in a game that was out of hand by halftime. He'll look for a better result in Week 11 against the Vikings.


Bears TE Martellus Bennett active vs. Packers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett is active for the team's Sunday night matchup with the Packers.

Bennett was listed as questionable to play due to a rib injury, and the team took the precaution of promoting an additional tight end from the practice squad Sunday. However, it appears Bennett will be in the starting lineup in the key Week 10 divisional matchup.


Bears TE Martellus Bennett will 'probably' play Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was unable to practice Friday because of a rib injury he suffered in practice earlier in the week, according to the team's official website. Although he was officially listed as questionable on the injury report, he told reporters he will "probably" play Sunday night against the Packers in Week 10, per the Chicago Tribune.

Bennett has 47 catches for 517 yards and five touchdowns through eight games -- on pace for his first career 1,000-yard season.