Bears coach John Fox was asked Thursday morning if he expects the tight end to be on the roster after the NFL draft.
When questioned whether Bennett is a long-term fit with the Bears the coach offered a vague response:
Bennett has been a no-show for Chicago's offseason workouts. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that any team attempting to trade for the tight end does so knowing Bennett wants a contract extension.
"I'm really not paying attention to that kind of stuff. I'm just trying to prepare and have a great season with the Chicago Bears," Bennett said in an interview with NFL Media's Akbar Gbajabiamila on Wednesday. "If something should happen to change that, we'll then I'll have a great season somewhere else."
The rumors swirling around Bennett's situation is standard around draft time, especially for a veteran player from a former regime who wants a contract extension.