by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/18/14) The Bears released receiver Earl Bennett, saving $2.45 million against the cap, reports ESPN. Second-year wideout Marquess Wilson could step in as the No. 3 wideout behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Bears expected to release Earl Bennett
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/18/14) Bears receiver Earl Bennett declined the team's request for a pay cut and is expected to be released, reports ESPNChicago.com. Bennett is due $2.35 million this year.
In 15 games last season, Bennett caught 32 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns. He'll turn 27 on Sunday.
Earl Bennett motivated by brother's death
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/14/14) Bears receiver Earl Bennett lost his brother, Prentice, to the N1H1 flu in December, reports the team's official website. He was 35. Bennett said he plans to use his brother's death as motivation for next season.
"Of course he will inspire me," Bennett said. "Every season will be dedicated to him. Every game will be dedicated to him. I'll figure out some celebration or some way to acknowledge him each and every game for sure."
Earl Bennett shouldn't be on anyone's Fantasy radar after a third straight season of mediocre production and injuries. Over the past three years he has totaled 99 catches for 1,317 yards and six touchdowns --numbers Brandon Marshall beat in one season by himself. Even if Bennett lands the slot receiver's role for the Bears he just isn't expected to be productive for Fantasy purposes. (Updated 4/25/13)