Packers cut Martellus Bennett

Tight end at odds with team after Instagram post

Mike Clemens
November 08, 2017 - 6:22 pm

Jim Matthews/ Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY NETWORK


Green Bay, WI - The Green Bay Packers have parted ways with tight end Martellus Bennett.

The Packers released this statement Wednesday afternoon:

The Green Bay Packers have waived TE Martellus Bennett. The transaction was announced Wednesday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson. Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason and started all seven games he played in, recording 24 receptions for 233 yards (9.7 avg.).

Bennett has not grated interviews since Aaron Rodgers was injured with a broken collar bone against the Minnesota Vikings. During the Packers bye week the 30-year-old tight end posted a message on Instagram saying maybe this was his last year in the NFL. 

Since then, he was added to the team injury list with a shoulder injury. Bennett was not on the team injury report heading into the Packers game against the New Orleans Sants. The Packers  reportedly cut Bennett with a "failure to disclose a medical condition designation." That means the team may file a grievance to reclaim the $4.2 Bennett was paid in signing bonus money. 

Bennett is now subject to waivers. All 31 other teams have until 3pm Thursday to submit a claim on him. If he does not get claimed, he becomes a free agent and can sign with any team at any time after that. Bennett's release comes hours after Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled out Bennett for this week because of a shoulder injury. McCarthy said last week that Bennett was still being evaluated by doctors.