Green Bay Packers: Packers release TE Martellus Bennett

Jessica Allison
November 10, 2017

Bennett had already been ruled out by coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday morning from playing in Sunday's game at Chicago.

The Green Bay Packers have cut Martellus Bennett with the failure to disclose a medical condition designation, bringing the tight end's short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end.

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.

But if another team is looking to sign him off waivers, or once he becomes a free agent after 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, identifying what's ailing him will be just as important as understanding his future plans. The Packers had signed Bennett to a three-year, $21 million deal in March.

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Though we don't yet know exactly what happened between Bennett and the Packers, it seems likely that his injury is somewhat serious. The Packers' other two tight ends, Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks, have a total of 12 catches this season.

During the Packers' bye week, Bennett said that he believed this year would be his last in the NFL.

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. 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. Bennett started the team's first seven games and caught 24 passes for 233 yards, but he was inactive because of the shoulder injury for Monday night's loss to Detroit. They gave him a $6.3 million signing bonus.

Jason Wilde covers the Packers for ESPN Wisconsin.

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