Name: Martellus Bennett
Position: Tight end
Contract: Signed through 2016 -- $5.085 million base salary and $100,000 workout bonus
Why? Bennett is a valuable commodity, but both sides might be ready for a clean break. The organization clearly wasn’t thrilled when Bennett missed the entire voluntary offseason program last year because of unhappiness about his contract. Several months later, and still without an extension, Bennett voiced frustration to reporters about his diminished role on offense. Again, those comments likely did not go over well with the head coach and front office. Chicago eventually placed Bennett on injured reserve with fractured ribs, ending his season with 53 receptions for 439 yards and three touchdowns. Bennett is a former Pro Bowl selection, but he’s not receiving a penny more from the Bears. So for Bennett to make more money in 2016, he has to play somewhere else. He knows it. And the Bears probably don’t want the headache again next season. That’s why a trade is the best solution for both parties.
Name: Antrel Rolle
Contract: Signed through 2017 -- $2.4 million base salary, $100,000 workout bonus and possible per-game roster bonuses next season
Why? Rolle started just seven games because of ankle and knee injuries and did not record an interception in 2015. He is 33 years old. The Bears want younger bodies on defense. Can the Bears count on Rolle to stay healthy next season? How much does he have left? These are serious questions Chicago must consider before deciding what to do with Rolle. There is no guaranteed money left on Rolle’s contract, so the Bears technically have until the end of the preseason to make up their minds.
Name: Willie Young
Position: Outside linebacker
Contract: Signed through 2016 -- $2.450 million base salary and $50,000 workout bonus
Why? Young played well at outside linebacker last season. The converted defensive end had 30 tackles, 6.5 sacks (second on team), 1 interception, 11 tackles for loss (led team) and 19 quarterback hurries (second on team). The issue is that Young still views himself as a defensive end. He won’t even utter the words “outside linebacker.” Young wanted a trade last season. Despite his success in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense, Young still might long to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. This is a situation worth monitoring.