The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, bringing the tight end’s short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end.
General manager Ted Thompson announced the move on Wednesday after practice.
The Packers cited a “failure to disclose a physical condition” for making the move. Bennett was added to the injury report after the bye last week with a shoulder injury. He did not play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions.
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Bennett, 30, signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Packers at the onset of free agency on March 10th. It came off an impressive lone season with the New England Patriots in 2016. He made 12 starts and caught 55 passes for 701 yards while setting a career high with seven touchdown receptions. He added five catches for 62 yards in Super Bowl LI.
But his production took a step back with the Packers in 2017. In seven starts, he managed a mere 233 receiving yards while failing to register a single touchdown. 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 also posted on Instagram during the bye week a message that indicated he was thinking about retirement. Considering the length of his deal with the Packers, that certainly came as a bit of a surprise. Not only did he have two years remaining on his deal after this year, he was due a $2 million roster bonus if he was still with the team on the third day of the 2018 league year.