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06/16/15 - TE Martellus Bennett made his first appearance at Halas Hall under head coach John Fox when mandatory minicamp began Tuesday and said he expected to report for the start of training camp.
But he did not eliminate the possibility of a holdout, saying, "There's always a possibility. I take it one day at a time."
Bennett, who had a career-high 90 catches in 2014, wants his contract extended or renegotiated with two years remaining and that's not a common practice around the league.
"Most people don't honor their damn phone contract," Bennett said. "They switch from Sprint to T-Mobile, so, I mean, it's just like being in an apartment and getting out of your lease because you want to find a better apartment or something better."
Bennett called it a right to seek a better contract regardless of how much time he has remaining on this one.
"I think every American, every person in the whole world should be trying to get a new contract, and if they're not, it's silly," he said. "For me right now, just continue to work and outperform whatever it is you need to do and you just come back here and ball out."
Although he did drop a pass in scrimmage time coming across the field, Bennett generally seemed at ease with the new offense under coordinator Adam Gase in his first exposure.
"The great thing about football, there's only so many concepts you can possibly run," Bennett said. "Nobody's really doing that many things different around the league. It's just different ways of getting there. Once you crack that code, you're pretty good.
"It's no different from coding on a website or something."
After Fox said it was apparent Bennett had been studying the new offense on his iPad, Bennett indicated otherwise.
"Today's my first day looking at the offense," he said. "Just like any course you ever take in school."
Bennett pointed out the entire offense will be reinstalled at training camp again, anyway.
"A lot of guys, they know a lot of st
06/15/15 - TE Martellus Bennett reported to the Chicago Bears on Monday and is expected to participate in the team's mandatory minicamp that begins Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Bennett had skipped organized team activities while seeking a contract extension. Sitting out the mandatory camp, however, would have subjected him to fines.
Bennett, 28, is set to earn about $5 million per season in 2015 and 2016, the final two years of his contract. He reportedly is seeking a pay raise that would keep him near the top of the market for his position, around $7.5 million per year.
Bennett set career highs last season with 90 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns.
12/29/14 - TE Martellus Bennett wound up with a team tight-end record of 90 catches. He had 916 yards and a personal high of six TD catches.
12/02/14 - TE Martellus Bennett goes up against the team he started out with when the Bears face Dallas, and in three previous matchups (one with the Bears, two with the Giants) he hasn't had a huge game against them, combining for 13 catches for 112 yards with a touchdown.
Bennett said he didn't have the greatest relationship with Cowboys tight end Jason Witten while playing behind him, but not because it was anything personal. It was more a case of not getting enough playing time due to Witten's excellence, but Bennett put usual unique spin on it.
"Every single year there's a lion coming out of college, you know what I'm saying?" he said. "And every single year there's an old buck in the NFL who's a gazelle. And every single morning the gazelle wakes up because the gazelle has to run, otherwise the lion catches it. So every single morning the lion wakes up, he chases the gazelle.
"In that situation I was the lion. I didn't catch the gazelle, though -- I had to go to another jungle."
12/01/14 - TE Martellus Bennett practiced on a limited basis due to a foot injury and is day to day.