Earl Bennett gets 4-year extension from Bears

Earl Bennett’s contract season with the Chicago Bears hit a bump in the road when he suffered a serious chest injury in the team’s Week 2 loss at New Orleans.

But he’s proven to be just fine and Bennett cashed in today when he signed a four-year extension with the club that will carry through the 2015 season. Bennett received an $18 million, four-year contract that includes $9 million guaranteed.

In his first two games back, Bennett made 11 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown. He’s a favorite target of quarterback Jay Cutler, and the Bears are no doubt looking for Bennett’s role to expand in coming seasons.

"I'm very excited," Bennett said. "It said a lot about the organization and how much they care about us."

The Bears have 14 players on their roster that will be unrestricted free agents. Of course, running back Matt Forte is the marquee member of that group.

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