How about this bag of crap? During his brief tenure with the Green Bay Packers, tight end Martellus Bennett said 2017 would likely be his final season. He was retiring.
But as we’ve all come to know, Martellus Bennett is full of shit.
Bennett now says he wants to keep playing.
Despite publicly contemplating retirement last season, #Patriots TE Martellus Bennett does want to continue playing, I’m told. He’s due a $2M roster bonus on March 14, so New England has a decision… but his $6.2M cap hit isn’t bad.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 23, 2018
As you will recall, Bennett essentially quit on the Packers after Aaron Rodgers got injured in 2017. He claimed he was being forced to play through a phantom shoulder injury. The Packers released him. Bennett was claimed by his former team, the New England Patriots, and somehow, despite his injury claims, played in the next two games.
So basically, he lied about his injury. He lied about wanting to retire. Who knows what else he lied about. Having a pair of testicles, perhaps?
However, the Patriots are on the hook for Bennett’s contract that he signed with the Packers. That was a three-year deal worth $21 million. So now the Patriots have a quandary. Pay Bennett’s $2 million roster bonus or release him before March 14.
In New England, Bennett is a fill-in for Rob Gronkowski, who seems to get injured a lot. Of course, the Patriots have been known to run plenty of two-tight end sets. So it isn’t as if Bennett won’t get some balls if the Patriots keep him.
We’d enjoy nothing more than seeing Bennett forced into retirement. It will be very interesting to see if Bennett has any suitors if he’s released. After the shit he pulled last year, prudent teams are likely to stay away. But you can’t account for desperation and there may be a team or two out there that fits that bill.