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Earl Bennett: Jay Cutler is best QB in the NFL, better than Aaron Rodgers

Earl Bennett and Jay Cutler have a relationship that dates back to college, where the two played together at Vanderbilt. This season, the Bears would like to get more out of both of them. Bennett’s production was solid in 2009 when Cutler first arrived in Chicago. He caught 54 balls for 717 yards that season, but he has fallen off a bit over the past couple seasons and totaled only 381 yards last year. Cutler has also been disappointing and has not come close to duplicating his terrific 2008 season with the Broncos.

Despite the underwhelming production, Bennett feels as though Cutler is the best quarterback in the NFL.

“We have the top running back arguably in the league, top quarterback, the receiving corp is deep,” Bennett told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM NFL radio Monday according to Around the League.

Schein then took the opportunity to ask Bennett if he was saying he thinks Cutler is better than Aaron Rodgers. Jay’s old buddy gave a very definitive answer.

“Of course,” he replied.

If Cutler is ever going to break out with the Bears, this has to be the season. He should be more comfortable with receivers like Bennett and Devin Hester, and the Bears have reunited him with his favorite top-flight receiver in Brandon Marshall. Perhaps Bennett is simply trying to suck up to Cutler after angering him by revealing the sex of Jay and Kristin Cavallari’s baby. Whatever the case, Cutler simply is not even close to as good as Rodgers and about five or six other quarterbacks across the league.

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Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari mad at Earl Bennett for revealing their baby’s sex

Bears wide out and noted NFL dress code breaker Earl Bennett is reportedly facing the wrath of Jay Cutler and his fiancee, reality star Kristin Cavallari.

As you may recall, Cutler knocked up Cavallari and are expecting their first child this summer. The couple was hoping to keep the baby’s gender under wraps, but Bennett had to go and blow that up when he was a guest on WCSR with Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein earlier this week.

“New toys, a baby on the way — he’s having a boy,” Bennett said. “I am excited for Jay. It’s a great time.”

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Needless to say, the Hills star and the Bears quarterback are less than pleased.

A source close to the couple tells Hollyscoop, “They are not happy that something so personal was revealed on a radio show, especially Jay – he didn’t want anyone to know what they were having.”

Looks like a certain Bears receiver needs to get a totally amazing baby shower gift. I’m guessing a bjorn isn’t going to cut it.

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Earl Bennett’s Orange Cleats are Burning a Hole in His Pocket

Since Earl Bennett decided to bust out his orange cleats, the Chicago Bears have come up with two huge NFC wins. The league may not approve, but it doesn’t sound like the shoes are going anywhere. Bennett was fined $5,000 last week for wearing them during a big Week 9 win over the Eagles. Despite the fine, he decided to wear them once again against the Lions this past weekend, this time drawing a $10,000 fine from the NFL for again violating the league’s uniform policy. Still, the cleats are staying.

“All week I didn’t practice in them,” Bennett told ESPN 1000 on Tuesday. “Usually the shoe I practice in I normally play in, but they were in my locker and I asked (his teammates) ‘Should I wear the orange shoes again?’ One of them was like ‘Most definitely, I’ll take care of it.’ So that’s how it went down.”

Bennett also said that the league has warned him he will be fined $15,000 if he wears them against San Diego this weekend and $20,000 if he does it the following weekend.  After that, a delay of game and/or an ejection are possible.  Considering Bennett has elevated his game and racked up 176 yards and a touchdown during the two games we has worn the kicks, it might take something more severe than a fine for the league to get him to stop.

When it comes to wearing things you aren’t supposed to, we know the NFL doesn’t mess around.  Whether it means sporting Patriot colors or delivering a message on a towel, the rules are expected to be followed.  If the Bears see the orange cleats as some sort of good luck charm and are going to chip in for Bennett to keep sporting them, fines aren’t going to cut it.