The Drew Bennett era in Baltimore ends

The Drew Bennett experiment in Baltimore has ended.

After a grand total of two days.

Bennett worked out for the team on Friday and signed a one-year deal.  General Manager Ozzie Newsome raved about Bennett.

And now Bennett is retiring.

The news first surfaced on the Twitter page of ESPN Future’s Adam Schefter.

Bennett’s agent is circulating a statement regarding the situation.  We’ve received a copy of it.

“After returning home from Baltimore this weekend, a previous knee
injury flared up, making me realizing that I am unable to play another
NFL season,” Bennett said in the statement.  “Therefore, I have decided to retire from the National Football League. 
I want to thank coach [John] Harbaugh, [offensive coordinator Cam]
Cameron and Ozzie Newsome for offering me the opportunity to be a part
of their outstanding organization, and apologize to them for this
unfortunate situation.

“The Ravens are a first-class organization that I was truly
excited to join.  After an offseason of workouts and rehab, I thought I
was ready to play again, but it became apparent over this weekend that
while my mind is willing, my body will not be able to make it through
another NFL season.  I have been blessed to have the opportunity to play
in the NFL for as long as I have, but it is time for me to move on to
the next chapter in my life.”

32 responses to “The Drew Bennett era in Baltimore ends

  1. Can we just bring on the ’10 draft so we can pluck a good wr. This is going to be one hell of a training camp. It angers me when people waste our time, what a bum. Next round of tryouts.

  2. Thanks for the late fantasy championship run in ’04 Drew! Here’s hoping Volek doesn’ retire anytime soon…then I’ll have no remnants from that weird era.

  3. Eh I’m not angry about it. He gave it a try and his body couldn’t hold up. Good threat oz, pay mason and let’s go.

  4. Gotta respect that. He could of held on until he made the team, then revealed the injury and at least got an injury settlement out of it. Instead, he retires and walks away from the money. I’m sure he doesn’t need the cash, but it’s still a class move.

  5. lol………three things you can count on…..
    Taxes……Death…….and the Ratbirds never having a good wr corps. Good luck to the Baltimoron’s this season.

  6. why would he waste the time and go there and work out for them? now they have to bring in another WR

  7. Which is to say he woke up the next morning with a knee the size of a watermelon.
    Odd that he passed the physical. Pretty cool that he still has enough to get an NFL contract.

  8. If anyone wants the gamestop pre order madden demo contact me…im in the middle east and pre ordered the game online so i have a code i will not use and dont want it to go to waste. email =
    btw its for XBOX 360

  9. When I heard he’d retired so suddenly, I just assumed he failed a drug test for whatever he took to get back to being able to play and didn’t want to face the embarrassment of getting cut and having it go public.
    Then again, maybe his knee flared up within 24 hours after the team gave him a physical.

  10. That was some physical — forced the player to retire. Maybe Baltimore should ratchet down the intensity a bit…

  11. Wow, and this guy beat out the other tryouts? That says something about those men. Great job to the GENIUS Ozzie I suppose. Hype up a man who can’t even finish two days of training.

  12. Ted Ginn and his family? Ask Cam CaMoran for a reference. Send him over to you guys for a second…

  13. Well at least Baltimore is no longer a place for quarterbacks to retire…curse has been transferred over to wideouts now

  14. Don’t worry Ravens fans…the Pats will be cutting a couple of WRs during or right after training camp, we have a couple of extras to go around.
    And it’s better than not having a QB, like the Browns.

  15. Hey, Ozzie do you have Rod Graves phone number on speed dial. Maybe now the Bidwill’s and Rod Graves would be willing to part with Boldin at the right price. Could be the missing piece to get past the Steelers. Just a thought.

  16. CJCrazyLegs28 says:
    July 26, 2009 11:39 PM
    Next receiver the Ravens steal from us? Tyrone Calico comeback maybe?
    Great!!! Although it isn’t stealing, it’s more like hand-me-downs!

  17. Actual bit of Drew Bennett video I’ve seen somewhere (when he was a Titan):
    Fan in the stands: Drew!! Drew Bennett! Hey Drew Bennett! I have you on my fantasy team…
    Drew, walking past on his way to the locker room, looks up, smiles at the guy, and gives him a thumbs up.
    Fan in the stands: …But I NEVER start you, because you SUCK!!
    Isn’t that beautiful?

  18. mrmagoo……you nailed it bro, the tour of that cesspool that sits just off I-95 is all it took!

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