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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.

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57 Responses to “Report: Martellus Bennett came cheaper than Jared Cook for Packers”
  1. speicher145 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:02 PM

    That’s dope

  2. stellarperformance says: Mar 10, 2017 11:02 PM

    Cook and his agent misplayed this one. The Packers and Bennett is a win-win.

  3. 4sacroc says: Mar 10, 2017 11:03 PM

    Cook’s agent overplayed his hand.

  4. hscorpio says: Mar 10, 2017 11:05 PM

    If only FA were always about taking the better player at a lesser price.

  5. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 10, 2017 11:05 PM

    Rudolph > martellious

  6. upper23 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:06 PM

    I like it

  7. claydefayette says: Mar 10, 2017 11:07 PM

    Decent enough replacement. You accidentally capitalized packers in the beginning of the article as well

  8. truthbetold109 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:08 PM

    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!

  9. upper23 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:11 PM

    Now cook will sign with patriots for 3/4s of what he was offered from Green Bay

  10. war27 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:11 PM

    Did he score one touchdowns or two?

  11. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 10, 2017 11:11 PM

    Well played, Mr. Thompson. Well played indeed.

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

    NE had offerred him more.

  13. bart15np says: Mar 10, 2017 11:13 PM

    Score

  14. packsupersoldier says: Mar 10, 2017 11:17 PM

    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.

  15. Adrian Beathisson says: Mar 10, 2017 11:28 PM

    I liked Cook a lot but I think he needs a new agent.

  16. smedley61 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:28 PM

    Guess Jared Cook = Greg Jennings part deux

  17. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:31 PM

    Now Jared looks the fool. Interesting.

  18. 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….

  19. bondlake says: Mar 10, 2017 11:34 PM

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

  20. packmangamble says: Mar 10, 2017 11:36 PM

    OK, well go back to Cook and offer him a good deal. Can you imagine having Cook on one side and Bennett on the other. WHAMO!!

  21. milehipigskin says: Mar 10, 2017 11:42 PM

    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.

  22. jmc8888 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:44 PM

    Can’t blame them.

    But Cook isn’t a pushover. In some ways I think Cook is superior.

    Good signing by the Packers.

  23. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 10, 2017 11:47 PM

    MB gets paid huge bank under the table for delivering the Pats Cheating Playbook.

  24. unbreakable02215 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:54 PM

    Bennett over priced himself. Had he re upped with the Pats during the season he wld have made more

  25. dino2997 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:55 PM

    Cook and Bennett are the same. Both head cases

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. ajd4 says: Mar 11, 2017 12:19 AM

    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.

    2 0

    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.

  29. questionableopinion says: Mar 11, 2017 12:48 AM

    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.

  30. bradygirl12 says: Mar 11, 2017 1:23 AM

    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.

  31. gb15class says: Mar 11, 2017 1:25 AM

    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.

  32. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2017 2:14 AM

    Most Packer fans know what they are getting with Bennett as they saw what he did with good WRs around him and Jay Cutler as a QB.

  33. timmydeaton says: Mar 11, 2017 3:08 AM

    exact reason why fans are not GM’s !!!!

  34. jetsstillsuck2015 says: Mar 11, 2017 3:26 AM

    I thought he wanted to go somewhere he could win?

  35. jimmysee says: Mar 11, 2017 3:30 AM

    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.

  36. justinharrell says: Mar 11, 2017 5:15 AM

    Seem like NE dropped the ball then? Let’s hype up Garrapolo some more. He’s worth at least 8 first round picks and Joe Haden.

  37. dawoger says: Mar 11, 2017 7:02 AM

    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!

  38. tb12soundslikeavd says: Mar 11, 2017 7:22 AM

    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.

  39. omeimontis says: Mar 11, 2017 8:48 AM

    Jared Cook may end up signing for more than the Packers want to give him.

  40. leatherface2012 says: Mar 11, 2017 9:03 AM

    ALL PACKER FANS now because cook is gone say he was completely useless and provided nothing to the team

  41. Peter Quinn says: Mar 11, 2017 9:04 AM

    Now…. cut Richard Rodgers and sign Cook

  42. tritz32 says: Mar 11, 2017 9:07 AM

    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!

  43. bearssuck says: Mar 11, 2017 9:28 AM

    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.

  44. tjacks7 says: Mar 11, 2017 9:36 AM

    But can he play literally every position on defense or will teams still hang 40+ on them?

  45. tjacks7 says: Mar 11, 2017 9:38 AM

    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.

  46. boca12 says: Mar 11, 2017 9:55 AM

    He only went to green bay to get a ring…oh, wait…

  47. 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.

  48. streetyson says: Mar 11, 2017 10:46 AM

    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.
    ——————————
    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.

  49. alan226 says: Mar 11, 2017 10:55 AM

    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.

  50. nyneal says: Mar 11, 2017 12:30 PM

    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.

  51. johngaltwho says: Mar 11, 2017 12:43 PM

    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.

  52. 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.

  53. mcdeez22 says: Mar 11, 2017 1:46 PM

    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.

  54. Rolo Tomassi says: Mar 11, 2017 2:41 PM

    I’m not sure why anyone would want to play for Green Bay.

  55. bighoser says: Mar 11, 2017 2:42 PM

    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….
    ——
    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!

  56. Rolo Tomassi says: Mar 11, 2017 3:02 PM

    Yes Bennent is cheaper but the Packers DID NOT offer Cook more than Bennett

  57. dgt178blog says: Mar 12, 2017 12:36 PM

    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.

    ==================================

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

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