Brian McIntire this morning tweeted that Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett has taken a one million dollar pay cut for the 2013 season. He was due $2.25M for this year but will now be paid $1.25M.

Bennett has been sidelined with a concussion for the last month but is expected to play in the season opener this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

There were rumors and reports in the last few weeks that Chicago had been potentially shopping Bennett to other teams but when general manager Phil Emery was asked about it he seemed incredulous to those reports.

Bennett had signed a 5-year $18.55M contract in December 2011 and McIntire clarifies that this pay cut was not a contract restructure. The rest of his contract is untouched.

The Bears will start Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery at wide receiver but we should see Bennett worked into the offense at some point versus the Bengals.