Packers release tight end Martellus Bennett

Lawrence Cooper
November 10, 2017

Bennett played only seven games with the Packers after winning a Super Bowl in New England past year; the Bears traded him to the Packers in March 2016.

The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, bringing the tight end's short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end.

Though we don't yet know exactly what happened between Bennett and the Packers, it seems likely that his injury is somewhat serious. By the afternoon, Bennett had been cut by the Packers.

Last month, Bennett, 30, wrote an Instagram story explaining he was leaning toward retiring after this season.

The Packers have two other tight ends on the roster in Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers. McCarthy said Bennett was in Green Bay on Tuesday meeting with the medical staff.

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Bennett was in his first year of a three-year, $21 million deal signed with the Packers this past offseason.

Asked directly after Monday night's game whether Bennett's shoulder injury happened during that October 31 post-bye practice or before that, McCarthy cryptically answered, "Just everything as far as the medical information being gathered was post-practice Tuesday".

Once superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with what may be a season-ending injury, the 2017 campaign has taken a turn for worst for the Green Bay Packers. He made 12 starts and caught 55 passes for 701 yards while setting a career high with seven touchdown receptions.

Bennett is now subject to waivers. If he does not get claimed, he becomes a free agent and can sign with any team at any time after that.

"The other guys have proven they can do it as well", tight ends coach Brian Angelichio said last week when asked about not having Bennett.

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