Bears trying to trade Martellus Bennett

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Friday, March 4, 2016

The Chicago Bears are working together with the agent for Martellus Bennett to find a trade partner that would be an agreeable landing spot for the tight end, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.

Bennett, who is represented by Kennard McGuire, is under contract for one more year, but the former Pro Bowl tight end boycotted the entire voluntary offseason program in 2015 in search of a new deal that never materialized.

Just last week, Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox both brushed off questions about Bennett's murky future in Chicago.

"I talked to him right at the end of the season," Pace said at the NFL scouting combine. "I haven't talked to him recently. Really with him, he's under contract. We have a lot of players that aren't under contract, so that's where our focus is right now."

After publicly questioning his role, Bennett went on injured reserve on Dec. 8 with fractured ribs. He finished the season with 53 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns.

In three seasons in Chicago, Bennett, who turns 29 next week, has 208 receptions for 2,114 yards and 14 touchdowns.

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report.

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