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Report: Bears working to trade tight end Martellus Bennett

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Report: Bears working to trade tight end Martellus Bennett

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.

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.

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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.

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

The New England Patriots defense wasn’t giving Mitchell Trubisky many options through the air, so he decided to take matters into his own hands at Soldier Field.

The young quarterback’s legs were the Bears’ most-effective weapon in the first quarter, as Trubisky led the team with 35 rushing yards on four carries in the opening period of play.

He capped it off with an eight-yard touchdown scramble that had him looking like Michael Vick on the field.

The Bears will need to have a more well-rounded offensive attack to keep up with teams like the Patriots, but Trubisky found what was working in the first quarter.

Perhaps most importantly, he’s been smart and safe with his running, opting to slide and go to the ground on his big plays to avoid any big hits.

His legs continue to make this offense more dynamic, to keep up with top-notch opponents like New England.

Watch Matt Forte attack Lance Briggs with a cardboard box, because why not

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Watch Matt Forte attack Lance Briggs with a cardboard box, because why not

It's gameday. 

The Patriots are in town. 

Khalil Mack is probably playing with a significant injury. 

Stressed out? Don't blame you. So enjoy this video of Matt Forte pranking Lance Briggs:

The best pranks are the most simple ones.