GREEN BAY, Wis. — When veteran tight finish Martellus Bennett signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Packers this spring, he by no means supplied any trace that his keep could be a lot shorter.
However Bennett may be calling it quits after only one 12 months in Inexperienced Bay.
Bennett, 30, posted an Instagram story on Saturday saying he’s contemplating retirement after this season, his 10th within the NFL.
“After conversations with my household, I am fairly certain these subsequent eight video games would be the conclusion of my NFL profession,” Bennett wrote. “To everybody that has poured themselves and time into my life and profession. These subsequent video games are for you. Thanks.”
A Packers supply confirmed Saturday that the staff is conscious of Bennett’s attainable retirement after the season. Inexperienced Bay, which is on a bye this week, has 9 video games to go within the common season.
Even after he signed with the Packers, Bennett maintained his house in Lengthy Grove, Illinois, a northern suburb. Bennett spoke regularly in regards to the return journeys he made there to see his spouse and daughter.
“It is solely two-and-a-half hours from right here, so it has been a blessing,” Bennett stated final spring throughout OTAs.
Bennett bought off to a sluggish begin this season and battled drops, however he has 24 catches (fourth-most on the staff) for 233 yards with out a landing.
Earlier than Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, the Packers quarterback stated he wanted to verify he bought Bennett extra concerned early in video games. Earlier this month, Bennett stated he wasn’t disillusioned in his comparatively restricted manufacturing as a result of he was nonetheless getting used to taking part in with Rodgers, and the Packers had been successful. They had been Four-1 on the time however have misplaced two straight since Rodgers went down.
“It is a lengthy season,” Bennett stated earlier this month. “The season’s nonetheless getting began. For me, I left a few performs on the sphere right here and there, but it surely’s simply getting used to and getting acclimated to taking part in in a game-type scenario with Aaron and the staff and the circulate of issues. So simply strive to determine that, attempt to get in rhythm. I have not actually been capable of get in a rhythm but. However we’re simply getting began, and we’re successful video games. That is all that actually issues.
“It would not matter if I’ve 10 catches or two catches. There’s a variety of stuff I will make an influence within the recreation with. It would not matter if I am getting the ball or not. If my influence on this week’s recreation is chipping quite a bit, I will attempt to do one of the best job I can do chipping. In the event that they want me to catch 10 balls, I will attempt to go catch 10 balls. Each single week is completely different. I do know a variety of the surface individuals have a look at statistics, however I simply have a look at Ws.”
The Packers signed Bennett after they determined to let tight finish Jared Prepare dinner depart in free company. Prepare dinner then signed a two-year, $10.6 million take care of the Raiders.