Chicago Bears Sign WR Earl Bennett To 4-Year Contract Extension

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 13: Earl Bennett #80 of the Chicago Bears moves for a first down against Aaron Berry #32 of the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on November 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Bears have extend 4th-year pro and quarterback Jay Cutler's favorite target, Earl Bennett.

The Chicago Bears announced early Friday afternoon that they had come to terms with wide receiver Earl Bennett on a 4-year contract extension. A fellow graduate of Vanderbilt University, Jay Cutler has often displayed strong chemistry with Bennett, making him his favorite possession target when healthy.

Bennett currently has over 250 receiving yards a one touchdown reception in 2011, despite missing five games with an injury earlier this year. He has also been one of the Bears' most consistent targets, averaging 15.3 yards per catch -- good for second best on the Bears behind only Johnny Knox (22.2).

The Bears initially acquired Earl Bennett in the 2008 NFL Draft with the 7th pick of the 3rd round. Bennett has over 1,500 receiving yards and a total of 6 TDs in his 4-year NFL career. The extension should keep Bennett with the Bears through the 2015 NFL season.

For more on the Chicago Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron, an SB Nation blog dedicated to the Monster of the Midway. For more updates around the NFL, head to SB Nation Pro Football.

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