Martellus Bennett released by Packers

Martellus Bennett released by Packers

Instead, he got Martellus Bennett.

He was cut with a failure to disclose a medical condition designation, per ESPN and NFL Network.

To no surprise, Bennett disputes that he hid anything from the team. At 4-4, Green Bay is in the middle of a playoff race, and if the team thought Bennett could help secure a postseason spot, it probably would not have let him go for a few million dollars in savings.

Bennett is in his first season with the franchise after inking a three-year deal worth $21 million during the free-agency period. He will now pass through waivers, which in theory could result in a team even worse than the Packers claiming his rights.

Bennett's release comes hours after Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled him out for this week because of a shoulder injury.

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The Packers maintained Bennett was seeking outside opinions on his injury, but questions revolving the phantom nature of Bennett's shoulder injury persisted. Bennett was extremely disappointing in Green Bay as he did not have a single touchdown grab in seven games played.

On Oct. 28, Bennett posted to his Instagram account that he was "pretty sure" that the Packers' post-bye week games would be his last in the National Football League and that he would retire after the season.

The Patriots could surely use Bennett.

"Just a sign of unity", Bennett said of sitting during the anthem.

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett is tackled by the Vikings' Eric Kendricks. If the veteran tight end is healthy, there should be a substantial market for him. His replacement, Dwayne Allen, doesn't have a catch on six targets, and Tom Brady has been reluctant to look his way all season. To date, though, Kendricks had just eight catches for 126 yards and one touchdown.

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