Experts Draft Recap
AUG 28, 4:43p ET | Ryan Fowler
Rotowire: Apr 30 / 1:37p ET
News: Coach John Fox said Thursday that he anticipates Bennett will still be a member of the Bears after the NFL Draft concludes over the weekend, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports.
Impact: Reports earlier this week suggested the Bears were open to moving Bennett after he elected not to attend the team's offseason program due to his desire for a new contract. The 28-year-old, who is due $4.9 million in 2015, led all tight ends with 90 receptions last season, and established career-best outputs in yardage (1,038) and touchdowns (six). While it's still possible the Bears could look to deal Bennett if his dissatisfaction with his contract continues by the time training camp arrives, the team's dearth of receiving options after Alshon Jeffery will probably motivate the team to wait out the impasse with Bennett.
Rotowire: Apr 29 / 12:24p ET
News: Bennett is reportedly a candidate to be dealt by the Bears, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: The report suggests that Bennett, who is set to enter the third year of a four-year, $20.4 million deal that he signed before the 2013 season, is seeking a new contract. Meanwhile, Bennett who caught a career-high 90 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, has not participated in the Bears' voluntary workout program thus far. In any case, as the NFL draft approaches, there's all kinds of trade chatter in general, so for now, we'll consider the notion that Bennett could be dealt a speculative one.