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Bears release receiver Earl Bennett

The Bears on Tuesday terminated the contract of veteran receiver Earl Bennett.


Earl Bennett
Selected by the Bears in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Vanderbilt, Bennett appeared in 78 games with 29 starts over six seasons, catching 185 passes for 2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The 6-foot, 206-pounder also averaged 9.9 yards on 17 punt returns including a 49-yard touchdown in a 2009 loss to the Ravens and 14.6 yards on five kickoff returns.

Bennett's most productive season came in 2009 when he had 54 receptions for 717 yards and two touchdowns while playing in all 16 games for the only time in his career. The breakout year came after he had failed to catch any passes in 10 games as a rookie in 2008.

Last season Bennett caught 32 passes for 243 yards and a career-high four TDs in 15 games. He missed the season finale against the Packers due to the death of his older brother.

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