Packers cut ties with former Texas A&M TE Martellus Bennett

Arnold Nichols
November 10, 2017

Bennett is now dealing with a shoulder injury and head coach Mike McCarthy said the tight end won't play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

According to the official National Football League transaction wire, the 30-year-old Bennett was waived with a "failed to disclose a medical condition" designation, and an National Football League source said the Packers used that because they believe Bennett had a preexisting shoulder condition when they signed him to a three-year, $21 million free-agent deal in March.

ESPN reporter Field Yates revealed the news on Wednesday. If he does not get claimed, he becomes a free agent and can sign with any team at any time after that.

However, it's still an unusual situation in Green Bay, and it'll be interesting to see how things play out over the next couple of months. If they do, Bennett would have to return $4.2 million.

"I know he was in here [Tuesday]", McCarthy said prior to Wednesday's practice.

Bennett, 30, signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Packers at the onset of free agency on March 10th. His 33.3 yards per game is the lowest total of his career since 2011 when he found himself behind Jason Witten on the tight end depth chart with the Dallas Cowboys.

During a recent Instagram post, Bennett hinted that he could retire at the end of this season.

The injury would have kept him out of Sunday's game at Chicago, which is where Bennett calls home after spending the 2013 through 2015 seasons with the Bears.

Bennett's production in the seven games he did play was modest: 24 catches for 233 yards and no touchdowns. They didn't give him one, and, concerned about his locker room presence, traded him a year later.

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett is tackled by the Vikings' Eric Kendricks. "If Marty's not, the other guys are ready to go".

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