Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (80) during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Chicago won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears might trade or cut wide receiver Earl Bennett

After the 2009 and 2010 seasons, the Chicago Bears were expecting (more like hoping) that wide receiver Earl Bennett would take the next step into stardom.

He was already a productive receiver, nabbing over 100 catches in the two seasons combined, hauling in five touchdowns in the process.

However, 2011 and 2012 each saw a significant drop in both production and growth, which has forced the Bears to look at the market and see what they could do with Bennett according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Bears have had some discussions about trading WR Earl Bennett. Trades not easy to make this time of year, though.

Once a team has decided to move on from you in the NFL, they usually follow through and the Bears desire to move Bennett could result in the five year veteran being released prior to the final 53 man roster cut.

He’ll undoubtedly find a new home considering the heavy need for wide receivers around the league, but it’ll be difficult for the Bears to squeeze anything out via a trade if that’s the route they go with.

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