Maybe it really isn’t all about the money all the time.
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The clinching Bears touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers was caught by Earl Bennett, the same Earl Bennett who missed most of training camp and all of preseason with a concussion. Add to that the wide receiver being confronted with a pay cut (recoverable through performance incentives), and you have perhaps an unlikely hero in an offense that he has seen add two wide receivers (Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall) ahead of him plus a tight end (Martellus Bennett).
But if there were any lingering resentments or bruised feelings, they were difficult to find with Bennett, who became the second “Bennett” in three weeks to catch a game-clinching touchdown, after Martellus’ winner with 10 seconds remaining vs. Minnesota.
“I just talked to my agent [about the pay cut] and we did what I thought was best for me,” Bennett said. “I love playing here and I look forward to playing here many more years.”
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Marshall gave high praise to Bennett for his selflessness and attitude amid all of the knock-downs. Bennett was just doing what comes naturally, however.
“The biggest thing for me is to be selfless,” Bennett said. “I’m going to do whatever it is the team needs me to do. Whether it’s go out and field punts, go out and make tackles on kickoffs or catch 120 balls. Whatever the team needs me to do, that’s what I’m here for.”