Report: Martellus Bennett came cheaper than Jared Cook for Packers

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The Green Bay Packers may have been able to sign tight end Martellus Bennett at a discount when the two sides agreed to a deal on Friday afternoon.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, the Packers were close to agreeing to a deal with tight end Jared Cook for more money than they ultimately ended up paying for Bennett. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reported a similar story as well.

Bennett ultimately got a three-year deal worth $18.45 million from the Packers. Cook is now looking for a new team instead.

Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 starts for the New England Patriots last season. He added another 11 catches for 98 yards in the playoffs as well en route to a Super Bowl victory. Cook caught 30 passes for 377 yards and a touchdowns for the packers last year in just 10 games played.

57 responses to “Report: Martellus Bennett came cheaper than Jared Cook for Packers

  1. Cook had a nice season but ARod and the Packers offense helped him significantly. He got greedy and it cost him. I doubt he gets close to this money from another team.

    I look forward to seeing MB catch some touchdowns next season!

  2. A dear friend of mine once gave me some sage advice: The Bulls get something; the Bears get something; and the Pigs get nothing.

  3. Pats fan telling you GB fans you’re getting a solid TE in Marty. Good pass catcher and excellent inline blocker, he’ll help your running game too. He’s a real character and was very popular in the Pats locker room. I wish him well in GB, he’s a good guy.

  4. kenberthiaume says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:11 PM

    NE had offerred him more.
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    Nope. Bennett’s contract is actually $21M 3yr (not the $18.45M mentioned above), whereas Pats merely offered a 1yr $7M extension.

  5. skolvikes says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:57 PM
    It’s fun to see Packer fans through Cook under the bus. Seems to be a common theme over there.

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    Whoa, pretty much the only negativity I see about Cook is that he needs a new agent. There may have been one questioning winning/money motivation but that is not throwing him under the bus. These guys better be money motivated because their careers are short.

    The consensus seems that we would have been happy with signing Cook if Bennett was out of the picture. They got the better overall player for cheaper, it isn’t negatived to point that out. I actually wanted Bennett last year.

    I don’t really see any parting shots against Cook, you are making it up.

  6. I think my perception of Cook was warped by the couple big plays he made last year, but his total stats for the year were not that good.

    Little worried because Bennett is 30 years old, but I’ll take it.

  7. The Packer s got a great deal. Bennett was well liked in the locker room, played through pain most of the season,and still was a big factor when Gronk went down. I’m sorry to see him go,but I wish him the best in GB. He’s going to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers,so he should do very well.

  8. Most Packer fans would have been happy with either.

    Not dumping on Cook, but he does appear to drop more balls than Bennett, and he’s a bit stiff. Bennett also looks like the better blocker, and his history is more durable.

    Resigning Cook would have been nice. This could be even better.

  9. Hope this isn’t an example of greed getting in the way of common sense.

    The way to handle this sort of thing is for the player to decide where he wants to play and for the agent to go in and make the best deal he or she can for the player there.

    The sniper approach works way better than the shot gun.

    Looks like Cook may have overplayed his hand. It’s a shame. He had found a good home.

  10. Can’t wait to watch Bennett embarrass the DBs of the minisoda lavender lucy clown revue for 2-3 TDs per game next season. Book it!

  11. He took less money just to get out of new england. Can’t blame him. Sure, the ring is nice, but compromising your morals of playing the game on the up-n-up will wear on your sole.

  12. One TE can play all three downs at a very high level. The other – well can’t. The Packers got the right guy. Not hard to figure out. Well done Ted!

  13. So why not sign both of them. Hell they will need one heck of an offense to make up for that strainer of a defense. Thats for sure.

  14. There’s guys who know they’re going to get paid and want to win and guys who just want the biggest contract possible, winning be damned.

    And Bennett just moved from the former to the latter with this contract. He even said after the super bowl that teams love to over pay SB winners and someone will shell out the cash for him.

  15. streetyson says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:58 PM
    kenberthiaume says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:11 PM

    NE had offerred him more.
    ———————
    Nope. Bennett’s contract is actually $21M 3yr (not the $18.45M mentioned above), whereas Pats merely offered a 1yr $7M extension.
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    The Patriots offered him $21 million for 3 years in November, meaning they would have even lived with injury risk for three months. Michael Felger reported that on Comcast Sports New England. Bennett turned the Patriots down. Word was that he was looking for close to $9 million per year. The Patriots were not going to pay him more than Gronk. You have to wonder whether he didn’t want to go back to being #2 to Gronk and just wanted to be the guy. I have no problem with Marty. He’s a very good player and got paid his value.

  16. pastabelly says:
    Mar 11, 2017 10:01 AM

    streetyson says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:58 PM
    kenberthiaume says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:11 PM

    NE had offerred him more.
    ———————
    Nope. Bennett’s contract is actually $21M 3yr (not the $18.45M mentioned above), whereas Pats merely offered a 1yr $7M extension.
    ======================================
    The Patriots offered him $21 million for 3 years in November, meaning they would have even lived with injury risk for three months. Michael Felger reported that on Comcast Sports New England. Bennett turned the Patriots down. Word was that he was looking for close to $9 million per year. The Patriots were not going to pay him more than Gronk. You have to wonder whether he didn’t want to go back to being #2 to Gronk and just wanted to be the guy. I have no problem with Marty. He’s a very good player and got paid his value.
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    Rumor only – and doubtful given what has now transpired. And moot now too. The latest “official rumor” of the Pats only offering a 1yr $7M deal seems more likely, given that he left for GB.

  17. I’m kind of surprised the Patriots didn’t jump on a deal like that for Bennett. Bennett at 7Mil or Dwayne Allen at 5mil.

    Something else going on here. I’m betting that Allen can get cut after 1 year with no cap hit, the Patriots trade Garopolo and then draft one of the big tight ends this year.

  18. Cook has to hope he’ll land somewhere where they have a good QB. He has been hurt throughout his career by playing with sub par QB’s — until he played with Rodgers.

    I think Cook might be regretting not re-signing with the Packers at some point. Especially if Bennett has a big year.

  19. Cook had it right in front of him and he got greedy. Ted Thompson doesnt bluff. I was really hoping to see him back as a Packer. It looked like he enjoyed it and Rodgers made him a better player.

  20. Ah, spring approaches, free agency is heating up, the draft is around the corner and the Viking trolls are out in force with renewed certainty of dynasties and dominance. Hope springs eternal and the Vikings remain an inferno.

  21. Marty B and Brandon Marshall both now on their 5th NFL team. Couple of head cases. There’s a reason they don’t stick despite their talent.

  22. skennedy1966 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:32 PM
    C’Mon Jared – get your agent t talk with Broncos – you and Romo would make for a great Rocky Mtn High combo….
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    A great combo for what, 3 games max until 1 or both are injured?

    As a Raider fan, I hope the Donkeys burn all of their salary cap on aging, brittle players like Cook and Romo! Maybe they can lure Fred Taylor out of retirement for the trifecta!

  23. johngaltwho says:
    Mar 11, 2017 1:25 PM

    Ah, spring approaches, free agency is heating up, the draft is around the corner and the Viking trolls are out in force with renewed certainty of dynasties and dominance. Hope springs eternal and the Vikings remain an inferno.

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    ….you hit the nail on the head, John….viking trolls are a JOKE!!!…..Packer-obsessed fools…

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