Martellus Bennett headed to Green Bay

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The Packers don’t dip into free agency often, but when they do, they expect impact.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, tight end Martellus Bennett is heading there.

That explains the breakdown in the Jared Cook talks, as they’ve upgraded Aaron Rodgers’ tight end target.

Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns last year, while playing with another pretty good quarterback.

The Packers rarely involve themselves in the unrestricted market, but have in the past for players such as Charles Woodson and Julius Peppers, and Bennett could have the same kind of effect on the team.

118 responses to “Martellus Bennett headed to Green Bay

  1. Oh thank you, finally. This off-season was looking like TT was just giving up.

    Now, to the defense. That secondary is second to none…at being underwhelming. C’mon, Hunter is not the answer. Give Clinton-Dix some help!

  2. Immediately becomes the best tight end in the league…. I just wanted to say it before every packer fan on the planet. Hahahaha

  3. Solid signing, be curious to see $.

    Seems weird they would pay for a TE when the draft is supposed to be deep in them. MB is solid but has been inconsistent……that could have had more to do with QB play though

  4. Martellus Bennett has never been in a small market never mind putting him in a small market after making bank, this should be interesting. Will be curious to hear the contract details

  5. IMO, this is a panic move by Thompson. He had to sign SOMEBODY to placate the wolves. Bennett is not a good teammate and I expect him to flop, he’s just not the Green bay “type”. I hope I’m wrong for the Packer fans.

  6. If he was that good with Brady throwing him the ball, I cant even imagine how good he’s going to be with Rogers. He’ll probably be an all pro.

  7. After enjoying the regressive havens provided by Boston, Chicago, and New York, it will be quite amusing to watch Bennett negotiate the real world that is the frozen tundra and surrounding municipalities. Enjoy!

  8. I can’t say for sure if Martellus Bennett will work out or not, and neither can anyone else. But there is certainly reason for optimism. Jared Cook, meanwhile, will go somewhere else and get what he what he wanted all along — more money than TT was willing to give him. But unless he goes to one of a handful of teams with an elite QB, I suspect Mr. Cook will revert to the often-injured and too-often-invisible player he was before joining Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Then he’ll fade away altogether.

  9. So sorry, I must have hurt some Boston snowflakes feelings with my post with all the thumbs down. Rodgers will make him better than Brady did. Fact. Never said Rodgers was better than Brady and you crybabies still cry. He will be the number one TE on Green Bay, you guys have Gronk. Wow. Talk about babies.

  10. Solid acquisition for GB. Tough guy, does the hard work on the line, great hands. Fabulous in the running game. Not as fast as he used to be, played half a season and the playoffs with bone chips in his semi-fractured ankle, but he never complained, never made excuses. I only saw a couple of drops last season, when he was well-defended. Played a ton of seasons in Chicago and then in NE, so he’s no stranger to the cold weather games. All pluses come with him, if you accept his age and declining speed.

    “Martysaurus” is a great guy to have in your community, the GB community of fans will love him.

    THAT’S why you pay a 30-year old with 100000 miles on him instead of counting on the draft.

  11. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Bennett is #15 on the PFT top 100 free agent list.
    Cook is #76.
    Can you say UPGRADE!
    Ted is the ultimate master of free agency.
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    Your first two statements are demonstrable facts.
    The third one I agree with, and so does PFT.
    Whether you’re saying it with a straight face, or with tongue planted firmly in cheek, the fourth one is just plain crazy talk. 🙂

  12. Bennett had an outstanding year for the Pats while playing injured. Should help the Packers contend for the NFC championship. Very fortunate to play with the best 2 qb’s in the league in a 2 year period.

  13. Martellus Bennett can play corner? I could’ve sworn the problems were on the defensive side of the ball, but clearly their need is pass catching guys.

  14. Wow, how did the talks with Jared Cook break down? Martellus Bennett is an upgrade over Cook in my opinion. It’ll be interesting to see contract breakdowns of each of these guys once they are made public.

    Go Pack!!!

  15. ariani1985 says:
    Decisions like this is why you are perennial playoff losers!

    At last, we’ve heard from ariani1985 — what I like to call his or her flagship account. How many times he/she has already posted under one of his/her numerous other accounts, only PFT knows for sure.

  16. pastabelly says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:02 PM
    Marty is solid. Great one rental and a brilliant move for Belichick at $5 million. Good luck to him with the Packers.
    ________________________________________
    Thank you!! A class Patriots post!!!

  17. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:43 PM
    And THAT is why Ted is the best in the business!
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    Not to be negative, but I’ll believe it when he makes some kind of a move to help out the Defense.

  18. Dang, you know it’s bad when Ted Thompson is making more of a splash in free agency than your own GM. C’mon Rick, do something!

  19. TT makes a good a move, and people still try to knock him I was bummed when things fell apart with Cook, but certainly this better for the Packers.

    People complaining about CBS are silly even if GB went out a signed a big name like Revis it wouldn’t matter because he can’t be signed for good value or great production at this point in his career.

  20. billswillnevermove says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:51 PM
    So sorry, I must have hurt some Boston snowflakes feelings with my post with all the thumbs down. Rodgers will make him better than Brady did. Fact. Never said Rodgers was better than Brady and you crybabies still cry. He will be the number one TE on Green Bay, you guys have Gronk. Wow. Talk about babies.

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    It depends on how they use him. He did more blocking than pass catching for the Patriots, even after Gronk went out. And he was fantastic at it too. Being great at both makes it tougher to predict the play when he is in. It might be the other way around, that he makes Rogers better by freeing him up more.

  21. golforepar says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:48 PM
    75 catches 12 TDs Book it!
    ————
    1st round playoff exit next year. Book it!

    Good signing I suppose, in an area I didn’t think they needed one. He will support the run game well though which GB could use a kick in the pants on.

    Too bad he doesn’t play corner too

  22. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:42 PM
    Decisions like this is why you are perennial playoff losers!

    Playoffs are fun! You should try it some time….

  23. h0metownzero says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:46 PM
    So nice.

    If I were a Viking fan, I’d be hoisting an offseason championship banner right now.
    ——————————–

    It’s funny, because it’s true!

  24. I think Cheesehead fans like filthy need to just take a cold shower! Harrison is already winding up to unleash a can of you know what!

  25. If this is a sign TT is becoming less stubborn … I’m all for it. GB’s a great team mail cos AR is there. Have to max his talents while he’s there …

    It’ll be interesting to see if TT continues to be aggressive. That already inconsistent secondary just lost more depth.

  26. Aaron Rodgers can r-e-l-a-x a bit after seeing the talks with Jared Cook break down and then signing Bennett.
    The Packers still have a long way to go. They need to sign or replace T.J. Lang and they need to sign or replace Eddie Lacy.
    As for the defense, it’s a mess. If they expect to fill all the holes they have on defense through the draft, they’re mistaken.

    Bennett is a good addition — if he keeps his mind on what he is being asked to do. He is 30 years old, too.
    It’s amazing that Ted Thompson signed him. Maybe he was asleep at the wheel and someone imitated him and that’s how they got the deal done. In any case, it’s a good thing for Aaron Rodgers that they did.

  27. mzew233 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:41 PM
    Still won’t beat New England
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    Funny considering the Pack beat the Pats like a drum the last time they played. It really wasn’t even close as the Pats scored at the end to make it look close. The only time the two teams met in the post season Favre made them look silly.

  28. If he was that good with Brady throwing him the ball, I cant even imagine how good he’s going to be with Rogers. He’ll probably be an all pro.

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    yeah, brady is terrible

  29. linemanguy74 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:54 PM
    Haven’t had a good tight end sense Keith Jackson
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    I don’t know about that.

    Mark “Jellybeans” Chmura was pretty decent.

  30. Packer fan here. I don’t see why Bennett is better than Cook. Hopefully others are correct and I am wrong. All we’ve heard for the past 5 years is how much a fast TE helps the Packers offense. So they finally get a fast TE with Cook, the offense improves a lot when he is healthy and playing, and he absolutely loves being a Packer. Instead of signing Cook, they sign a slower guy with an attitude. This doesn’t make any sense to me.

  31. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:42 PM
    Decisions like this is why you are perennial playoff losers!

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    I dearly hope this is not from New England. But if it is allow me to apologize. Marty was great for us and New England fans have been wishing him the best as he now goes to cash in on it. Since we want the best for him we now want the best for him in Green Bay. Hope he got paid.

  32. billswillnevermove says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:35 PM

    Huge pickup for Green Bay!!! Rodgers will make him better than Brady did.

    Brady got him a ring. MIC DROP

  33. billswillnevermove says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:51 PM
    So sorry, I must have hurt some Boston snowflakes feelings with my post with all the thumbs down. Rodgers will make him better than Brady did. Fact. Never said Rodgers was better than Brady and you crybabies still cry. He will be the number one TE on Green Bay, you guys have Gronk. Wow. Talk about babies.
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    Dude, congrats on Buffalo keeping Tyrod Taylor……….
    Now go away and continue to be irrelevant, leave football conversation to the big boy teams.

  34. djvh2 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:23 PM
    Packer fan here. I don’t see why Bennett is better than Cook. Hopefully others are correct and I am wrong. All we’ve heard for the past 5 years is how much a fast TE helps the Packers offense. So they finally get a fast TE with Cook, the offense improves a lot when he is healthy and playing, and he absolutely loves being a Packer. Instead of signing Cook, they sign a slower guy with an attitude. This doesn’t make any sense to me.
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    He’s a better blocker. You will find the difference that makes is significant.

  35. Green Bay needs more offensive production. The genius Ted Thompson still doesn’t realize his team also has to play defense. Entertainment at its finest.

  36. Pssst….look in the mirror. If you see a reflection, absolutely nobody in the front office in Green Bay cares what your highly amateur and entirely uneducated opinion is. Let that sink in for a bit.

  37. Still won’t beat New England

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    Like the last time they played? Or that one time in the Super Bowl? 😉 Last time you guys beat us, we had our backup QB in and still almost stole it on the road.

  38. Surprising move. Ted really likes those compensatory picks and this move will definitely affect that next year. I’ve never been a Bennett fan but he should be an upgrade over Cook. It will be interesting to see how Aaron uses him next season. It could just be the lack of past talent at the TE position, but Aaron has not typically been a qb that uses the TE.

  39. jbvikes says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:17 PM

    I think Cheesehead fans like filthy need to just take a cold shower! Harrison is already winding up to unleash a can of you know what!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I don’t know why you guys think Smith is some kind of tough guy. He plays his position extremely well but a big hitter he is not. The last time you purples were yammering about what Harrison was going to do, Eddie Lacy trucked him so hard he missed several weeks. And that was after Jay Cutler lowered a shoulder and took Smith out on his way to the end zone. Jay. Cutler.

  40. nepatriot1 says:
    Dude, congrats on Buffalo keeping Tyrod Taylor………. Now go away and continue to be irrelevant, leave football conversation to the big boy teams.

    Better call in a specialist, because that’s one nasty burn.

  41. tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:19 PM
    good luck with the antics

    – pats fans

    ________

    He’s in Titletown now. Antics – from players and coaches and ballboys – aren’t a thing there. Bennett must want to win an asterisk-free ring.

  42. As a Pats fan, liked MB. GREAT blocker. Reliable. Funny. He got his ring….hope he got his money.

  43. Bennet is the number 15 ranked free agent, Cook is 76th….Enough said…..Cook and his agent really blew this opportunity……For all the Viking trolls, you couldn’t land any of the A list offensive lineman and just paid $ 85 million for two second tier tackles…..

  44. Great signing by GB. Bennet was a solid citizen for NE last season and played hard. Made some great catches in some critical moments. This is definitely an upgrade for GB.

  45. Great Caesar’s Ghost says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:58 PM
    tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:19 PM
    good luck with the antics

    – pats fans

    ________

    He’s in Titletown now. Antics – from players and coaches and ballboys – aren’t a thing there. Bennett must want to win an asterisk-free ring.
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    The Green Bay Packers cheated so badly in the early part of the 20th century that they had their franchise revoked in 1921 and were forced to buy their way back into the league, which founder Curly Lambeau did, by paying the $50 league entry fee in 1922.

  46. h0metownzero says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:52 PM
    I’d like to personally welcome Martellus to the most successful franchise in NFL history – your 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers!!!!

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    Weren’t 11 of those “championships” before we set foot on the moon, and if I’m not mistaken, a bunch occurring around the Great Depression? Those Dayton Triangles must have been tough to mow down 7-3 back then.

    By that definition, I have 13 Championships too–they were against my sister in Connect Four when I was seven.

  47. h0metownzero says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:46 PM
    So nice.

    If I were a Viking fan, I’d be hoisting an offseason championship banner right now.
    —-
    Want to know how much the Vikings are in the Packers minds?

    They get a signing in FA and immediately think about the Vikings.

  48. That’s like saying the Yankees shouldn’t be the Yankees because the majority of their 27 World Series happened a long time ago. It’s easy to discredit history when your team has NONE!

  49. tritz32 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:03 PM
    That’s like saying the Yankees shouldn’t be the Yankees because the majority of their 27 World Series happened a long time ago. It’s easy to discredit history when your team has NONE!
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    Bad analogy, when you’re allowed to spend double on your team than just about every other team titles aren’t as meaningful. Yankees bought 27 championships.

  50. ikeclanton says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:49 PM
    h0metownzero says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:52 PM
    I’d like to personally welcome Martellus to the most successful franchise in NFL history – your 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers!!!!

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    Weren’t 11 of those “championships” before we set foot on the moon, and if I’m not mistaken, a bunch occurring around the Great Depression? Those Dayton Triangles must have been tough to mow down 7-3 back then.
    —-

    In all fairness the Dayton Triangles were no joke. They rode into town on train instead of stagecoaches which means they were rested.

    The packers had to earn that one the hard way LOL

  51. Great Caesar’s Ghost says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:58 PM

    He’s in Titletown now. Antics – from players and coaches and ballboys – aren’t a thing there. Bennett must want to win an asterisk-free ring.

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    No he already got his asterisk free ring. Rather than stick around for another one he wanted to go cash in and get paid. He was clear on that.

  52. The Queen Trolls are irked, you heard all the jokes when the Packers broke off negotiations, then Ted goes out and signs the 15 the rated player in free agency and vastly improved a position of need……. Meanwhile in Queensville they fail to sign any of the top tackles they targeted and spend $85 million on a couple of second tier tackles……Nice.

  53. Ted goes out and signs the 15 the rated player

    huh?

    seriously…bennett for cook is a wash. rate bennett high..fine. offense wasnt your problem. that secondary is a joke and it hasnt gotten better

  54. golforepar says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:24 PM
    xxsweat, NFC Championship this year and big upgrade at TE. 1st round exit this year? I see your clueless point smh
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    My fault. Taken literally, yes they made it farther than the first round last year. You got me.

    Perhaps the goal in 2017 with Marty can be to lose to the Falcons by 15 points now instead of 20+

    #fixthedefenseTed

  55. Perfect now bring back TJ Lang draft TJ Watt if he’s available and draft a CB in the 2nd and 3rd round in a deep secondary draft and A rod will celebrate another ring next year.

  56. nepatriot1 says:
    Dude, congrats on Buffalo keeping Tyrod Taylor………. Now go away and continue to be irrelevant, leave football conversation to the big boy teams.
    _______________________

    Great advice. The vikings fans should take this advice as well and leave the football conversations to the big boy teams.

    Third place teams get a participation ribbon.

  57. otheirony says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:43 PM
    IMO, this is a panic move by Thompson. He had to sign SOMEBODY to placate the wolves. Bennett is not a good teammate and I expect him to flop, he’s just not the Green bay “type”. I hope I’m wrong for the Packer fans.

    ////////

    Your premise is wrong. Ted is the ONE GM who ignores the wolves. This is why so many Packers fans get frustrated. But those who get it put their trust in Ted.

  58. The Packers neeeeeeed to sign or trade for a starting quality veteran cornerback. Drafting another rookie and expecting development from everyone else is probably not going to cut it. I want to see something get done.

  59. pkrh8tr says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:50 PM
    Ted goes out and signs the 15 the rated player

    huh?

    seriously…bennett for cook is a wash. rate bennett high..fine. offense wasnt your problem. that secondary is a joke and it hasnt gotten better
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    Yeah that secondary was pretty bad especially since they had 4ths stringers trying to cover pro bowl WRs, you want to see a comical secondary, go back and watch the holiday game of GB. and Minnesota. Where a “Lock Down Corners” like Rhodes, can’t even line up right. Besides, the first weekend hasn’t even passed, there is PLENTY of time, to work on things.

    If everyone had that mentality they would be waiting for AP to retire after not signing by now.

    Its one thing to spend money in FA. Its another to spend that money smart.

  60. Great signing for the Pack. Bennett was clearly playing through pain by the end of the season for the Patriots and gutted it out. I hope he can stay healthy and play well for his new team.
    – Pats fan

  61. The Packers rarely involve themselves in the unrestricted market, but have in the past for players such as Charles Woodson and Julius Peppers, and Bennett could have the same kind of effect on the team.
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    Bennett will have to produce like Gronk to warrant a Woodson comparison!

  62. Bears fan here. Yeah feel for sorry for me lol
    Rogers loves killing us and Bennett will be gunning for us…..wow are we gonna get spanked!

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