The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, bringing the tight end's short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end. Then, one week ago, Bennett mysteriously missed practice with a shoulder injury. By the afternoon, Bennett had been cut by the Packers. If the veteran tight end is healthy, there should be a substantial market for him. Bennett replaced Jared Cook and was thought to become a major part of Green Bay's offense as another dependable target for Rodgers in the passing game. Per ESPN, the team is positioned to file a grievance to reclaim the prorated $4.2 million remaining on his $8 million signing bonus. He made 12 starts and caught 55 passes for 701 yards while setting a career high with seven touchdown receptions.
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.
Unfortunately for the franchise, things didn't work out that way with Bennett's future in the National Football League uncertain, to say the least following his release.
Meanwhile, Bennett will hit waivers, where another team can claim him if it so chooses.
Asked about his sudden desire to leave the game, Bennett was even more vague.
He is the brother of Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. If he goes unclaimed after that, he is free to sign with any team and continue playing. They didn't give him one, and, concerned about his locker room presence, traded him a year later.
Jason Wilde covers the Packers for ESPN Wisconsin.