In a surprising, seemingly out-of-nowhere move Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers released tight end Martellus Bennett, claiming he failed to disclose a medical condition. "To everyone who has poured themselves and time into my life and career".
Martellus Bennett won't get the chance to play the Packers' remaining games this season "for you", those who made his National Football League career possible, as he wrote in a social media post last week announcing his potential retirement.
"I know he was in here yesterday, there's a number of opinions that he's working through, he met with our medical staff yesterday, so they're still going through the process, but he will be out against Chicago". He endured a shoulder injury that kept him out of Monday's game against the Detroit Lions.
Had Bennett made a decision to retire after the season - as he said he might in a seemingly out-of-nowhere social media post during the bye week - the club likely would have gone after the $4.2 million unamortized portion of the $6.3 million guaranteed signing bonus Bennett received. For his career, Bennett has 4,520 yards and 30 touchdowns which ranks him tenth and 13th respectively among active players at his position. He had 24 catches for 233 yards.
Bennett's agent, Kennard McGuire, declined comment. He is the brother of the Seahawks' Michael Bennett, who has sat during the anthem. The Packers could go after the prorated amount of that signing bonus, $4.2 million.
The veteran had hinted on his Instagram Story on October 28 that he is leaning toward retiring at the end of the season after a 10-year career that included stints with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears and Patriots before landing in Green Bay. "I think that will happen before my body gives out". It ended Wednesday in weird fashion, as the Packers cut the veteran tight end and set the stage for recouping some of the money they clearly feel they wasted on him.