Martellus Bennett played well with the Patriots last season and earned a Super Bowl ring. After signing with the Packers in the offseason, he was going to be a significant contributor for QB Aaron Rodgers. Bennett missed Green Bay’s last game with a shoulder injury.
After failing to disclose a medical condition designation this week with the team, he was released today, per ESPN’s Field Yates. Green Bay has paid Bennett $8 million of his 3-year $21 million contract and as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported, they could void his entire contract and get back the rest of the money.
The Packers cut Bennett with the failure to disclose a medical condition designation. We'll see what's next for the veteran TE.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 8, 2017
The #Packers paid TE Martellus Bennett $8M of his 3-year, $21M contract. The only tangible benefit to cutting him with the failure to disclose is if they argue his entire contract is void & go after his money. This isn’t over just yet.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2017
Bennett totaled 24 receptions for 233 and zero touchdowns for the Packers. He said that he wanted to retire after this season so it is unknown if he will sign with another team soon. The shoulder injury that’s been plaguing him this season may play a significant role in that decision.