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Chicago Bears receiver refuses to take pay cut

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The free agent talent pool looks like it is about to get a bit bigger. 

The Chicago Bears asked wide receiver to take a pay cut to stay on the team and sign a new contract.

It seems that Bennett wasn't too happy about this and is now expected to be released from the organization, according to ESPNChicago's Jeff Dickerson.

The fifth option in the Bears offensive arsenal, Bennett wasn't exactly going to be on huge money, but it appears that whatever he was offered by head coach Marc Trestman and company was more than he was willing to let go.

Bennett was already on less money than he could've been with Chicago. Last summer he took a million dollar pay cut as Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey shone through as the first and second choice wideout's with Bennett's production declining.

Bennett was decidedly poor for the Bears last season, recording a measly 243 receiving yards on 32 catches last season.

Pro Football Focus ranked 111 receivers last year and Bennett's average of 7.6 yards per reception was dead last, a whole yard behind the next worse.

By letting Bennett go, the Bears would create $2.45 million in cap space and are now looking likely to bump up sophomore receiver Marquess Wilson to the number 3 wide option.

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