Packers part ways with tight end Martellus Bennett

Tricia Pearson
November 10, 2017

The Packers cut Bennett Wednesday over a mysterious injury that had sidelined him since Green Bay's first game without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a 26-17 loss to the Saints in Week 7. He signed a three-year contract for $21 million dollars to join them this year.

Meanwhile, Bennett will hit waivers, where another team can claim him if it so chooses.

A Pro Bowl tight end with the Bears in 2014, Bennett had played just seven games with the Packers after signing with the team this offseason.

Bennett's production in the seven games he did play was modest: 24 catches for 233 yards and no touchdowns.

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Bennett posted on his social media account last month that he was contemplating retirement at the end of this season.

Meanwhile, a number of his now ex-teammates are wondering what went awry - and whether Bennett quit on them as soon as they lost two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers to an October 15 broken right collarbone. If the veteran tight end is healthy, there should be a substantial market for him.

Bennett returned with the rest of the team on October 31 and took part in practice that day. Bennett was released with a "Failure to Disclose Physical Condition" designation, which is surely connected to his aforementioned shoulder injury. The Packers' other two tight ends, Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks, have a total of 12 catches this season. They didn't give him one, and, concerned about his locker room presence, traded him a year later.

The Packers released Bennett on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Field Yates who initially reported on the news. "If Marty's not, the other guys are ready to go".

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