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Earl Bennett earns four-year contract extension worth $18M

The Bears announced that wide receiver Earl Bennett has been signed to a four-year contract extension.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago originally reported the extension, which will keep Bennett in Chicago through the 2015 season.

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, the extension is worth $18 million and includes $9 million in guarantees.

A 2008 third-round pick out of Vanderbilt, Bennett has caught 118 passes for 1,554 yards and six touchdowns over his first 46 games in the NFL. Bennett had been earning a $1.2 million base salary in the final year of his four-year, $1.981 million rookie contract.

On the season, Bennett has played in six games while recording 18 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown.  He has 11 first down receptions and is averaging 15.3 yards per grab.

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