Earl Bennett expected to be released

The Chicago Bears asked Earl Bennett to take a pay cut and he reportedly decline. He's expected to be released, which will save the club $2.45 million in cap space in 2014.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com first reported this morning the Chicago Bears would be asking wide receivers Earl Bennett and Eric Weems to take pay cuts.

Dickerson is reporting that Bennett has declined to take a pay cut and will likely be released. Bennett, who took a cut last season as well, is scheduled to make $2.45 this season. He doesn't carry any dead money, so the team can clear that entire amount off the books.

Bennett caught just 32 passes for 243 yards last season.

It's also likely Weems will decline to take his cut, which would save the Bears an additional $1.1 million in salary cap space.

Last year's seventh-round selection, Marquess Wilson, has emerged as the club's No. 3 wide receiver heading into this season. He's expected to replace Bennett in three-receiver sets under Marc Trestman.

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