The Chicago Bears have signed WR Earl Bennett to a four-year extension. Bennett's contract now runs through the 2015 season. Terms of the deal were not officially disclosed but the Chicago Sun Times is reporting it to be worth $18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.
"I'm very excited," Bennett said after the deal was finalized. "It says a lot about the organization. It's home, man. The organization has been loyal to me and I want to be loyal to them. They had the first shot at it. They took advantage of it and I appreciate it."
A third-round selection (70th overall) of the Bears in the 2008 NFL Draft, Bennett has 118 career receptions for 1,554 yards (13.2 ypr) with six touchdowns in 46 career games played (19 starts). The Vanderbilt product also added a 49-yard punt return touchdown in 2009 when filling in for an injured Devin Hester.
Over the last 14 contests he has played in, dating back to Week 9 of the 2010 season, Bennett has caught 16 passes on third down converting all 16 of them into first downs. During that time, Bennett is one of six NFL players to convert all of their third down receptions into first downs (minimum 10 receptions), with his 16 being the most among that group of five.
In 2011, Bennett has 18 receptions for 276 yards (15.3 ypr) with one touchdown in six games played (one start).
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