Not just for a visit. The Green Bay Packers are reportedly signing tight end Martellus Bennett, which coincidentally, I just mentioned when we found out Jared Cook wouldn’t be returning.
That’s what you call an upgrade, baby!
Interestingly, the news looks like it was broke by Nickelodeon (more on that in a moment).
— NickSports (@NickSportsTV) March 10, 2017
Bennett played last season with the New England Patriots, where he caught 55 balls for 701 yards and seven touchdowns. He was traded to the Patriots by the Chicago Bears, where he spent three seasons. His best year in Chicago came in 2014, when he caught 90 for 916 and six.
Bennett also played for the Giants and Dallas in his nine-year career.
He has a career average of 10.6 yards per reception and averaged 12.7 in 2016.
At this time last year, we knew Bennett was on the trade block and actually discussed the Packers making a move for him. Of course, the Bears probably had no interest in trading Bennett within the division.
So the Packers waited around a year and got their guy.
The one red flag we discussed at the time was that Bennett is extremely outspoken. That’s something that doesn’t seem to fit real well in Green Bay. It will be interesting to see how Bennett meshes with the team and community.
As for the Nickelodeon connection, Bennett apparently has a animation production company that does some stuff with Nickelodeon. I seriously saw that tweet a good five minutes before NFL Network had anything, but didn’t know what to do with it because… WTF?
Here are the salary details, which I would call reasonable.
The #Packers signed 30-year-old TE Martellus Bennett to a 3-year deal for $21M, source said. No incentives. They didn't get there for Cook
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2017