Martellus Bennett disputes Packers’ claim of failure to disclose condition

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It was a surprise when the Packers released tight end Martellus Bennett. It was a big surprise when the Packers contended that he failed to disclose a medical condition.

To no surprise, Bennett disputes that he hid anything from the team.

Bennett practiced throughout the offseason and training camp, and he appeared in seven regular-season games. Only after he expressed an intention to retire following the season did his shoulder become an issue. Whether it became an issue for Bennett or the team or both is irrelevant; it wasn’t an issue before that.

Some (me) speculated that Bennett floated the idea of retirement three days before the trade deadline in the hopes that a team with a healthy starting quarterback would throw him a lifeline. Obviously, Bennett may have become disenchanted with the idea of staying in Green Bay once quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone.

Although the Packers could now try to recover some of Bennett’s signing bonus, a source with knowledge of the situation says that the issue has not yet been raised. He will now pass through waivers, which in theory could result in a team even worse than the Packers claiming his rights.

If he clears waivers, Bennett will become a free agent, able to sign with any other team.

48 responses to “Martellus Bennett disputes Packers’ claim of failure to disclose condition

  1. Seen this movie before except two years ago LG was the star getting out of Pittsburgh.Welcome back to Foxboro Marty B !

  2. rbisson2013 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm
    Bring him back to Foxboro
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    It’s a possibility but ot won’t be off waivers. There are 28 teams that could claim him off waivers before New England would get the opportunity. If he gets that far they would simply wait for him to clear rather than take on his contract. They could then sign him to an incentive based deal for the rest of the season.

  3. Only after he expressed an intention to retire following the season did his shoulder become an issue. Whether it became an issue for Bennett or the team or both is irrelevant; it wasn’t an issue before that.
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    You don’t know that. They easily could have addressed the issue with him and THAT caused the retirement talk and eventually ended with him being cut.

  4. Now he can drop passes for some other unfortunate team or kneel or raise his fist in his living room.

  5. yourmomapproves says:
    November 8, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Wouldn’t surprise me if he failed to disclose something. His brother is a liar too. Same same but different.

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    He would have had to pass a PACKERS med exam you know right? No team signs a new player without one- does this “surprise” you?

    The Pats gave him a fair offer too, about the same money per year as the Packers, but he wanted a longer deal so he left. So according to your logic he would have had to have tried to scam the Pats and the Pack both with an undisclosed injury- yeah right.

    Bennet’s a flake to be sure, but I don’t see any pattern of him trying to screw anyone.

  6. Let him sit or raise his fist in disrespect someplace other than New England. I remember when he was leaving how he admonished the New England fans. This fan doesn’t want him back.

  7. When that ridiculous franchise signed bennett; all we heard was that he was the best thing since sliced bread.
    Since the last 6 weeks, he’s been cutting the cheese.

  8. I hope Mahty comes back to the Pats. I don’t think we are good enough to win the Superbowl right now. But with Mahty we have a chance.

  9. If there was an “undisclosed condition”, the Packers need to fire whomever did Marty’s physical before the contract was signed.

    I don’t see how the Packers could possibly prevail if they attempt to go after Bennett’s signing bonus.

  10. The packers are a joke of a franchise.
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    The winningest team of the last twenty years? Tied for a record number of post season appearances? Let me guess, you’re a fan of a certain team to the west that hasn’t won a playoff game this decade. Joke of a commenter.

  11. The packer implosion continues.
    All those GB fans claiming it was yet another piece to a preseason Super Bowl in march are now claiming it’s good to cut him?

    Can’t wait for the next shoe drop in Green Bay soap opera.

    Where’s my popcorn?

  12. pkrlvr says:

    The winningest team of the last twenty years? Tied for a record number of post season appearances?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    5 times in the last twenty years, the Packers failed to produce more than 8 wins. There is no chance that the Packers will win 8 games this season. Bottom line – the Packers have 203 wins in the last 20 full NFL seasons.

    There is a team called the Patriots that have won 25 more games than your Packers in the last 20 years. The Patriots have already won more games this season than the Packers will by the end of the season.

    As to most playoff appearances – I know you’re counting playoffs going back to 1936 to be able to claim that (even if it is true – which I’m not willing to concede).

    But to be fair – let’s look at the history since divisional play was put into place.

    The Packers aren’t even #1 in our division.

    They currently trail the Vikings by 6 appearances. When you include every playoff appearance in team history – the Packers only lead the Vikings by 3 appearances. Your team’s failure to do anything from the late 60’s through the early 90’s is the reason most people look at the Packers like a joke.

    Then look at the Patriots amd the Dolphins in the AFC East – both have more playoff appearances than the Packers over that time period. And neither of them have as many as the Vikings.

    The Steelers in the AFC North have more than the Packers. The Broncos in the AFC West have more, the Raiders have the same number.

    NFC East – the Cowboys have more. The NFC West – both the Rams and the 49ers have more.

    Do you even think before you post?

  13. pkrlvr says:

    November 8, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    The packers are a joke of a franchise.
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    The winningest team of the last twenty years? Tied for a record number of post season appearances? Let me guess, you’re a fan of a certain team to the west that hasn’t won a playoff game this decade. Joke of a commenter.
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    Well, I’m not going to touch your claims because GTO dealt with that quite nicely. What I will address about it though is this: What does the record for the last 20 years, or past playoff appearances have to do with 2017?

    He is calling the recent incarnation of the Packers a joke. Why? Because they have 1 of the top 2 QB’s playing right now. They have 1 super bowl win with him( yes, yes, we know, that’s 1 more than the Vikings franchise has- the Vikings haven’t had sustained franchise QB play in over 40 years, so there is that) so in essence they are wasting AR by not putting a better team around him. This has been proven correct by the ineptitude of the rest of the team. they look like a D II team playing the Patriots every week now. That falls squarely on TT. Hundley look lost and that falls squarely on MM. They have been living off all world QB play for years.How does a team like this have otherworldly QB play for this long and have so little to show for it? Favre got sick of it and wanted out. Yet, here they are again making the same mistake with Rodgers!! Idiocy!

    Rodgers should be named MVP for this year. He carried this sad sack team for years and this year has definitely proved that out.

    Lastly, I think it is the height of humor that you Packers fans are crying about Vikings fans rubbing it in. Every misstep or misdeed by anything remotely connected to the Vikings was and is held up for ridicule at every chance. Now that the clown show has arrived in GB, everyone is supposed to bit their tongues? Get real! Your fan base has earned this in spades and then some, so just sit there and reap the whirlwind…..Reap it. Packers fans are horrible winners and even worse when it comes to losing, you cant even do that with any shred of dignity.

  14. Packers and TT want to recoup $$$$ which will be another reason FAs won’t sign there. A 2014 poll showed GB as one of the last places players wanted to play for, and with their terrible fans and terrible coaches, you can see why…

  15. They have been living off all world QB play for years.How does a team like this have otherworldly QB play for this long and have so little to show for it? Favre got sick of it and wanted out.
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    Drafting Rodgers poisoned the Packers relationship with Favre.

    I don’t believe for a second Favre wouldn’t have finished his career there if not for the 2005 NFL Draft.

    The Packers soiled themselves when they realized Favre was serious about playing in 2008. If they believed in Rodgers the way they claimed they did, they could have dealt Favre without 2/3 of the drama that ensued.

  16. They have 1 super bowl win with him( yes, yes, we know, that’s 1 more than the Vikings franchise has- the Vikings haven’t had sustained franchise QB play in over 40 years, so there is that) so in essence they are wasting AR by not putting a better team around him. This has been proven correct by the ineptitude of the rest of the team. they look like a D II team playing the Patriots every week now. That falls squarely on TT.
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    I’m sorry, it doesn’t all fall in Thompsons lap.

    What is Dom Capers role in selecting defensive personnel? How many of these guys is he directly responsible for?? We don’t have that answer!

    Why can’t Doms schemes cover up the personnel weaknesses? How is it that the only way they can get pressure is blitzing DBs???.. and since that does nothing but expose his poor coverage units, WHY DO THAT AT ALL?!! Its ABSOLUTELY MIND.NUMBING!!!

    Where is this teams Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Erik Walden, or Frank Zombo? (the undrafted guys that USED to contribute on this team) THERE AREN’T ANY! This coaching staff fails to develop talent! Flat out fails. Either guys Thompson and the scouts pick step in and play right away, or they are off the team almost immmediately.

    This IS the thinnest roster Thompson has had since 2005 and 2006. No question. Bad drafts from 2012-2014 are killing them. But its not all on him. The coaching staff is an abysmal failure as well.

  17. Ah, the 70’s/80’s mantra that the pack will be back…lol

    Get used to saying that again. The dark ages are upon your franchise once again.

    AR is going to go the way of Romo. One good lick on that collarbone and he will be out again.

    Your qb is made of glass. can’t even take a legal hit without being broken for the rest of the year.

  18. Your qb is made of glass. can’t even take a legal hit without being broken for the rest of the year.
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    I can’t hear you over Sam Bradford………….

  19. aarons444 says:

    November 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Your qb is made of glass. can’t even take a legal hit without being broken for the rest of the year.
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    I can’t hear you over Sam Bradford………….
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    I can’t hear you over all the Packers fans whining about a LEGAL hit.

    In case you haven’t heard, the Vikings are rolling with Keenum, Bridgewater, and SLoter. Sam is on IR.

    Have fun with Hundley and the brake pads guy(Callahan). How come your team doesn’t have even 1 serviceable back up QB?

  20. In case you haven’t heard, the Vikings are rolling with Keenum, Bridgewater, and SLoter. Sam is on IR.
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    I have heard.

    Hence the shot over the bow as you run your mouth.

    Lighten up.

  21. Have fun with Hundley and the brake pads guy(Callahan). How come your team doesn’t have even 1 serviceable back up QB?
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    I’m not convinced they don’t have a quality #2.

    I am convinced the head coach should be back in Pittsburgh running the family bar though.

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