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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.”

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32 Responses to “The Drew Bennett era in Baltimore ends”
  1. jagtom0025 says: Jul 26, 2009 10:44 PM

    That was quick.

  2. SprintPhoneFTW says: Jul 26, 2009 10:44 PM

    Queue Matt Jones to the Benny Hill theme song.

  3. EdReed4prez says: Jul 26, 2009 10:46 PM

    Didn’t see that one coming. Shocker.

  4. pocket says: Jul 26, 2009 10:50 PM

    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.

  5. cervach says: Jul 26, 2009 10:56 PM

    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.

  6. EdReed4prez says: Jul 26, 2009 10:56 PM

    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.

  7. RavenFreek says: Jul 26, 2009 11:01 PM

    Who’s next Jerry Rice!

  8. GreenAndGold says: Jul 26, 2009 11:03 PM

    Can Favre sign with the Ravens so he can finally retire?

  9. realitypolice says: Jul 26, 2009 11:29 PM

    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.

  10. Roethlisberger's Bitch Tits says: Jul 26, 2009 11:29 PM

    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.

  11. CJCrazyLegs28 says: Jul 26, 2009 11:39 PM

    Next receiver the Ravens steal from us? Tyrone Calico comeback maybe?

  12. nato2424 says: Jul 26, 2009 11:53 PM

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

  13. Jungle Juice says: Jul 27, 2009 12:28 AM

    What about Marvin Harrison?

  14. LongLostLion says: Jul 27, 2009 12:50 AM

    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.

  15. MrNatural says: Jul 27, 2009 1:50 AM

    I heard a pin drop.

  16. adamc0nley says: Jul 27, 2009 2:02 AM

    Harvard quarterbacks are just tougher than everyone else.

  17. jeezybaby43 says: Jul 27, 2009 5:58 AM

    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 =
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  18. BorisBulldog says: Jul 27, 2009 7:15 AM

    Who’s Drew Bennett?

  19. TimTheEnchanter says: Jul 27, 2009 7:26 AM

    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.

  20. realityonetwo says: Jul 27, 2009 7:51 AM

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

  21. Kaz says: Jul 27, 2009 7:55 AM

    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.

  22. cheekychappmusic says: Jul 27, 2009 8:41 AM

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

  23. smauricio says: Jul 27, 2009 9:00 AM

    Joe Horn is the answer!!

  24. OrganiZed ChaoS says: Jul 27, 2009 9:14 AM

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

  25. mrmagoo says: Jul 27, 2009 9:21 AM

    They must have taken him on a tour of the city.

  26. footballnut says: Jul 27, 2009 9:38 AM

    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.

  27. Cardsfan81 says: Jul 27, 2009 10:19 AM

    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.

  28. Titans Fan says: Jul 27, 2009 10:34 AM

    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!

  29. Benny says: Jul 27, 2009 10:39 AM

    Does he get to keep the money?

  30. Ray says: Jul 27, 2009 10:50 AM

    Thanks for the memories here in STL, Drew! (Cue to crickets chirping in background)

  31. Dewey Axewound says: Jul 27, 2009 12:44 PM

    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?

  32. SixBurghDude says: Jul 27, 2009 1:42 PM

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

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