Green Bay Packers part ways with TE Martellus Bennett

  • Green Bay Packers part ways with TE Martellus Bennett

Green Bay Packers part ways with TE Martellus Bennett

The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, bringing the tight end's short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end. By the afternoon, Bennett had been cut by the Packers. It was not too long ago that he took to Instagram where he alluded to the notion that this could be his last season in the National Football League, so one has to wonder whether or not this release by the Packers is the end of his career. That label will allow the Packers to potentially reclaim $4.2 million out of Bennett's signing bonus from when he signed a three-year contract with the team in March. That update turned into McCarthy ruling Bennett out this week with a shoulder injury, which quickly devolved into them parting ways over Bennett's failure to disclose his medical condition. He was also set to miss Sunday's game against the Bears.

To that point in the season, Bennett had played in all seven of the Packers' games.

Bennett posted on his social media account last month that he was contemplating retirement at the end of this season. We don't know. Bennett, who was friendly and honest with the media during training camp and the first month of the season, hadn't spoken publicly to the press since October 12. Bennett was added to the injury report after the bye last week with a shoulder injury. It will be either Lance Kendricks or Richard Rodgers stepping in as the Packers TE1 for the remainder of the year with the former the likely favorite to emerge.

Plus, the sketchy circumstances under which Bennett's time in Green Bay came to an end make a Patriots reunion seem unlikely.