Bears tight end Martellus Bennett hasn't exactly been quiet about his desire for a new contract with a larger salary.
His wishes have fallen on deaf ears in Chicago, and now it appears that Bennett will have to campaign for a new contract with a different club.
According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears are working to find a trade partner for the disgruntled tight end.
Bears and Martellus Bennett's agent, Kennard McGuire, are working together to trade the tight end to an agreeable landing spot, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2016
Bennett, who has one year remaining on his current contract which will pay him $5.085 million in 2016, sat out during the team's voluntary offseason program last year due to contract demands.
Bennett had his worst season as a member of the Bears in 2015 as he caught 53 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns in just 11 games. He was placed on injured reserve Dec. 8 with a ribs injury.
Just last week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, neither Bears GM Ryan Pace nor head coach John Fox would expand on Bennett's status with the team.
"I talked to him right at the end of the season," Pace said. "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."
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And the tight end didn't exactly get a ringing endorsement from Bears Chairman George McCaskey on Friday morning.
“I leave that all in the capable hands of Ryan and John," McCaskey told WSCR when asked about the Bennett trade report.
If the Bears were to trade Bennett, Khari Lee and Gannon Sinclair would be the only two right ends on the current roster.