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Following a disappointing spell with the Green Bay Packers, Martellus Bennett will look to get his 2017 season again on observe with the New England Patriots.
Adam Kaufman of WBZ NewsRadio supplied some perception into the transfer:
Adam Kaufman @AdamMKaufman
Most necessary elements in #Patriots bringing again Martellus Bennett: Tom Brady trusts him, he’s Rob Gronkowski insurance coverage (if wholesome), Dwayne Allen’s been ineffective, he’s an excellent blocking tight finish, he is aware of the offense, and – once more – Brady trusts him.
The Packers signed Bennett for 3 years and $21 million within the offseason. At the time, the transfer appeared like a slam dunk for Green Bay. The crew added the veteran tight finish it desperately wanted, and Bennett was coming off a 2016 marketing campaign during which he caught 55 pbades for 701 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.
However, Bennett was removed from a difference-maker within the Green Bay offense. He caught 24 pbades for 233 yards and 0 touchdowns in his seven video games for the crew. Football Outsiders ranks him 34th amongst certified tight ends in DYAR (defense-adjusted yards above alternative). In comparability, he was third in DYAR on the place in 2016.
During the Packers’ bye in Week Eight, Bennett even teased retiring from the sport altogether:
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
It seems that @MartysaurusRex will retire on the finish of the season per his Instagram Story. https://t.co/tgdzeszxbQ
Still, the actual fact Green Bay minimize Bennett earlier than he was even one full yr into his contract stunned many. Rapoport reported the Packers launched the 30-year-old for “a failure to reveal designation.” Rapoport clarified why that was necessary:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
The #Packers paid TE Martellus Bennett $8M of his Three-year, $21M contract. The solely tangible profit to reducing him with the failure to reveal is that if they argue his complete contract is void & go after his cash. This isn’t over simply but.
Bennett battled a shoulder damage that compelled him to overlook Green Bay’s Week 9 defeat to the Detroit Lions. The damage would’ve dominated him out for the crew’s Week 10 matchup with the Chicago Bears if he had remained on the crew lengthy sufficient.
Between his shoulder damage, lack of manufacturing and a doable eye towards retirement, some could query whether or not Bennett could make an affect for the Patriots in the course of the season.
But the 10-year veteran is simply a season faraway from serving to the Patriots win a Super Bowl and being among the many NFL’s finest tight ends. Pro Football Talk additionally posited Aaron Rodgers’ damaged collarbone sapped Bennett’s motivation:
Simplest rationalization: Once Aaron Rodgers was injured, Martellus Bennett not needed to be in Green Bay.
When Bennett signed with the Packers, the crew had Super Bowl aspirations in 2017. Rodgers’ damage modified all of that, as Green Bay turned a middling crew combating simply to make the playoffs.
Signing with New England, which is way nearer to title competition, might result in Bennett rediscovering his focus.
Given the way in which his temporary tenure with the Packers unfolded, including Bennett carries barely extra danger that it might’ve at the beginning of the season. Still, he might be an enormous improve for the Patriots offense at a vital juncture of the yr, which makes this transfer a no brainer.