GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, bringing the tight finish’s quick tenure at Lambeau Field to a shocking finish.
General supervisor Ted Thompson introduced the transfer on Wednesday after observe.
The Packers cited a “failure to disclose a physical condition” for making the transfer. Bennett practiced on Tuesday after the bye final week earlier than occurring the harm report with a shoulder harm.
He did not play within the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions after being listed as uncertain for the sport.
Bennett additionally posted on Instagram in the course of the bye week a message that indicated he was eager about retirement.
“After conversations with my family I’m pretty sure these next eight games will be the conclusion of my NFL career,” he wrote. “To everyone who has poured themselves and time into my life and career. These next games are for you. Thank you.”
Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent final offseason and began seven video games. He had 24 catches for 233 yards. Bennett dropped a couple of pbades, however was an badet within the operating sport.
Bennett was listed as having not practiced on his final day with the group on Wednesday.
The harm would have saved him out of Sunday’s sport at Chicago, which is the place Bennett calls dwelling after spending the 2013 by way of 2015 seasons with the Bears.
“Martellus Bennett will not practice this week, he will not be available for the game,” coach Mike McCarthy stated earlier than Wednesday’s observe.
“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.”
Bennett’s agent, Kennard McGuire, declined remark.
During the season opener in opposition to Seattle, Bennett was certainly one of three gamers who knelt for the nationwide anthem. He is the brother of the Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, who has sat in the course of the anthem.
In free company, Bennett obtained a three-year, $21 million contract that included a $6.three million signing bonus. Bennett had base salaries of $900,000 this season, $three.6 million (plus a $2 million roster bonus) in 2018 and $5.65 million in 2019. The Packers might go after the prorated quantity of that signing bonus, $four.2 million.
With a Chicago-based household and a ardour for artwork and creativity, the 30-year-old Bennett was requested throughout coaching camp if he had thought-about retiring after successful a Super Bowl with New England final season.
“I think when I stop loving the preparation is when I will give it up because that’s the most important part, whether that’s working out or watching film and studying and taking notes,” Bennett stated in camp.
“Once I feel like my preparation goes down, I feel like that’s when I will walk away. I think that will happen before my body gives out.”
The Packers have two different tight ends on the roster in Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers. Both have had 50-catch seasons. Kendricks has caught eight pbades for 126 yards and one landing whereas Rodgers has caught 4 pbades for 43 yards.
Send a Letter to the Editor