Bears tight end Martellus Bennett reports for minicamp

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett reported for a mandatory minicamp after skipping the entire offseason program. “I thought he had a good first practice and I’m pleased with his progress,” Bears coach John Fox said. “He’d even tell you that there’s nothing like practicing football to get in shape. He’s obviously been in an offseason conditioning program. But he handled himself pretty well today.” Bennett has two years left on his contract and wants a new deal after catching 90 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns last season.
“I’m always working on a new contract," Bennett said. "I think that everybody, even you [reporters], should be lobbying for new contracts. If your performance is at a high level and you’re playing to a high level, then you want to be compensated for the level that you play at.  Most people don’t honor their damn phone contract; they switch from Sprint to T-Mobile.
"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. It’s all phases of life. It’s no different for me than it is for everybody else.  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." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider
Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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