• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Bears' Martellus Bennett: Leads team in targets Sunday

    Bennett caught four passes on 11 targets in Sunday's win over the Chiefs, accumulating 32 receiving yards.As was expected Sunday with both Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (ankle) out, Bennett led the Bears in targets, but failed to do much with those opportunities. While it was a disappointing effort for Bennett on the heels of his season-best performance a week earlier against the Raiders (11 catches, 83 yards, one touchdown), the fact that he's been seeing so much volume in the passing game the last two weeks bodes well for his future production. He should be considered one of the top fantasy options at tight end heading into the Bears' Week 6 matchup against the 0-5 Lions.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Bears WR Alshon Jeffery sidelined Sunday

    Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is inactive for the week 5 battle against Kansas City.Though he was able to log limited participation during practices Wednesday and Thursday, Jeffery hasn't progressed enough from the hamstring injury to get back on the field. As a consequence, he'll miss out on his fourth straight game Sunday, paving the way for receiver Marquess Wilson and tight end Martellus Bennett to see added targets in the passing game.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Bears TE Martellus Bennett racks up big numbers in Sunday win

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett hauled in 11 catches off of 13 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in a win Sunday over Oakland.Bennett has been the largest beneficiary of Alshon Jeffery's absence, leading the team in targets, receiving yards and touchdowns through four weeks. With only so many passes to go around, Bennett may see a slight dip in opportunities once Jeffery returns, but keep in mind that offensive coordinator Adam Gase worked wonders with similarly athletic tight end Julius Thomas in Denver.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Bears TE Martellus Bennett records four catches for 15 yards

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett had four catches on five targets for just 15 yards in Sunday's 26-0 loss at Seattle. It's hard to put a ton of blame on Bennett for his lack of production, as he was facing a tough defense on the road. Furthermore, Bennett had to catch passes from backup Jimmy Clausen, who completed just 9-of-17 attempts for 63 yards, and didn't have starting WR Alshon Jeffery in the lineup to free up the middle. Expect much better production from Bennett next week against the Raiders, who have been absolutely torched by opposing TEs through three games, allowing five touchdowns.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Bears TE Martellus Bennett snags five and scores in defeat

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett did his part in a losing effort Sunday against Green Bay. Bennett caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. But the score was in garbage time. He snagged a 24-yard pass from Jay Cutler that cut the deficit to 31-23 with just 34 seconds remaining in the game. He will try to contribute in a more meaningful way against Arizona next Sunday.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Bears TE Martellus Bennett voices views on contract dispute

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has reported to mandatory minicamp, but he has not forgotten about the issues that motivated him to stay away from voluntary practices. Bennett has been embroiled in a contract dispute with the team. And he has a message for those complaining that he is not honoring his current deal. "Most people don't honor their damn phone contracts," he told the team's radio network. "They just switch from Sprint to T-Mobile one year into it ... If you're playing at a high level then you want to be compensated for the level that you're playing." Bennett has indeed taking huge steps forward over the last three seasons. He peaked in 2014 with 90 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns in earning a Pro Bowl spot.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Report: Bears TE Martellus Bennett to attend minicamp

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett will report to the team's minicamp Tuesday despite his ongoing dissatisfaction with his contract situation, per the Chicago Tribune. Bennett skipped the team's voluntary practices but was facing fines for missing the mandatory, three-day camp. Bennett is seeking a raise from the $4.9 million base salary he is set to earn this season after a Pro Bowl campaign in which he caught 90 passes for 916 yards.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Fox unsure if Bears TE Martellus Bennett will be at minicamp

    John Fox is skeptical about the possibility of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett reporting to the mandatory three-day minicamp next week. Bennett skipped the voluntary practices over a contract dispute, but he can be fined if he continues his absence. That doesn't make Fox any more optimistic. "Don't know that," Fox told ESPN when asked if he expects Bennett to be present. "Again, it's a different implication on mandatory minicamp. But we'll wait and see." Bennett, who gained a Pro Bowl spot last year, is seeking a raise from the $4.9 million base salary he is set to earn this season. He has two years remaining on a four-year contract.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Bears TE Martellus Bennett misses Wednesday's OTA

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett did not attend the team's voluntary organized team activity Wednesday, reports ESPN.com. Bennett has not attended any of the team's offseason workouts as he waits for a new contract.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    John Fox: Bears don't expect to trade Martellus Bennett during draft

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett skipped a voluntary minicamp earlier this week, leading to reports that the team had placed him on the trading block. Coach John Fox said that he expected Bennett to still be on the Bears' roster when the draft ended on Saturday, per ChicagoFootball.com. Despite that vote of confidence, Fox made it clear he wasn't happy with Bennett's decision to sit out the camp. "You know, again, I've talked to him, I know where he is, and like I said yesterday, with anyone who isn't here, I'd prefer they be here, but he's part of our football team and we'll leave it at that," Fox said. When asked if he considered Bennett a part of Chicago's long-term plans, Fox said, "That's a tough question to answer on anybody. I don't know yet. We're just evaulating practice ... and this is our first opportunity this week."