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Green Bay Packers Release Martellus Bennett

10 November 2017, 01:00 | Andy Ferguson

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

With a Chicago-based family and a passion for art and creativity, the 30-year-old Bennett was asked during training camp if he had considered retiring after winning a Super Bowl with New England last season. It ended Wednesday in freakish fashion, as the Packers cut the veteran tight end and set the stage for recouping some of the money they clearly feel they wasted on him. 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. 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. Per ESPN, the team is positioned to file a grievance to reclaim the prorated $4.2 million remaining on his $8 million signing bonus.

The Packers are expected to use fellow tight ends Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers while Bennett remains sidelined after the two saw their workload increase in Monday's game. He had 24 catches for 233 yards.

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Considering the Packers lost star QB Aaron Rodgers with a broken collarbone, Bennett wouldn't have been much of an impact player for the team down the stretch anyway.

The tight end is now subject to waivers, and teams have until 3 p.m. Thursday to submit a claim on him.

Jason Wilde covers the Packers for ESPN Wisconsin.



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