Martellus Bennett rumors heating up
Rumors about Martellus Bennett‘s future with the Bears are starting to pick up steam, with NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reporting that “it would be a surprise if Bennett returned” to the Bears in 2016.
This, of course, is contrary to what I suggested in my Chicago Bears 2016 Predictions. Rapoport suggests that with the emergence of Zach Miller as one of Jay Cutler‘s go-to threats last season, Bennett and his $5 million-plus salary become expendable.
There are a few concerns with this logic, though. For starters, Miller is 31 years old and is no spring chicken. He also missed three seasons with injuries and can’t seem to put together a full healthy season. He’s not quite the blocker that Bennett is. And on top of it all, Miller could be seeking a big free agent contract at about $5 million as well, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
If the Bears decide to part ways with Bennett, it’ll have more to do with his personality and awkward fit into the new culture of John Fox’s all-football mindset than it will be about his ratio of performance to paycheck.
Veteran backup quarterback Brian Hoyer could end up with the Chicago Bears, at least one source speculates.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted on Wednesday that the former Houston Texans quarterback is slated to visit the Denver Broncos this week, but if he does not sign with Denver, La Canfora expects the Bears to sign him.
In addition to playing for the Texans, Hoyer has spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New England Patriots, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009.
Hoyer, 30, has 26 career starts while compiling 7,163 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
The Bears liked what they saw in Jay Cutler last year in his first season under head coach John Fox, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to look to bolster the quarterback position in the upcoming NFL draft.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will meet with Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.
Cook is predicted by multiple media outlets to be selected in the second round. Whether or not that’s too early for the Bears to take a shot at Cutler’s replacement will remain a hot debate.
Could the Bears select a wide receiver in the first round of the draft for the second straight year?
The idea doesn’t seem likely given the needs at other positions, but that didn’t stop the Bears from bringing in draft prospect Corey Coleman, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.