Packers could still recover bonus money, even if Martellus Bennett plays

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The ability of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett to play with a torn rotator cuff doesn’t mean that the Packers won’t have the ability to recover bonus money from Bennett.

As a source with direct experience handling grievances of this nature explained it to PFT, the question isn’t whether the player can play with the injury but whether he had an injury that he failed to disclose when he signed with his team.

It doesn’t take much to violate that standard, if a team wants to play hardball. If a players fails to list a given body part as previously injured and if the medical records from his other NFL stops say otherwise, the team has a case for recovering bonus money.

Ultimately, Bennett may have only himself to blame, if he ultimately is required to surrender millions to the Packers. It’s quite possible that he lost interest in playing for the Packers after quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured.  And it’s quite possible that Bennett, when he wasn’t traded before the deadline, decided to claim he couldn’t play due to an injured shoulder. And it’s quite possible that, through the process of trying to talk his way out of Green Bay, he said enough to give the Packers ammunition to argue that he knew he had a torn rotator cuff but failed to disclose it.

With a $6.3 million signing bonus on a three-year deal and seven of 48 games played, Bennett could be asked to return nearly $5.4 million. And if the Packers can prove that Bennett had a torn rotator cuff and failed to mention it before he signed, the Packers have a good chance to win.

Which frankly could be one of the few remaining wins they’ll have coming out of the 2017 season.

12 responses to “Packers could still recover bonus money, even if Martellus Bennett plays

  1. So he hid his injury when he was willing to play through it with Rodgers, but as soon as AR got hurt, he lost his heart and used it as an excuse. So the Pack called his bluff and now his lazy attitude will cost him millions. These Bennett boys just aren’t good with the truth.

  2. They would have known at some point and still let him play.
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    Not necessarily. If he didn’t report it until Rodgers got hurt, they’d have no reason to x Ray the shoulder. He only reported it after he lost his desire to play through it. Guess he got that desire back in NE.

  3. Would a player be able to tell it was a rotator cuff injury rather than just that his shoulder hurt?

    And didn’t they give him a physical when they signed him? Patriots supposedly just gave him a physical.

    I read somewhere that Rodgers wanted him out because Bennett shook hands with Anthony Barr after the game, when Barr hurt Rodgers. Does anyone know if this is true?

  4. Even casual Pats fans knew that Bennett finished the season with shoulder and ankle issues that had to be dealt with in the off season. THAT was common knowledge, except apparently to the Packer medical staff.

    You can be pissed that he didn’t want to risk further injury playing with Hundley, but he didn’t withhold his shoulder problems. Again that was common knowledge.

  5. Rotator Cuff injuries are sometimes subjective. Some are as simple as minor pain others require surgical repair. If the Boston Patriots, after a physical examination by a physician instead of a general manager or blogger, took a chance on him the odds are pretty long that he is needing surgery.

  6. patfanken says:
    November 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    Even casual Pats fans knew that Bennett finished the season with shoulder and ankle issues that had to be dealt with in the off season. THAT was common knowledge, except apparently to the Packer medical staff.

    You can be pissed that he didn’t want to risk further injury playing with Hundley, but he didn’t withhold his shoulder problems. Again that was common knowledge.

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    Who’s pissed about it except overly sensitive Pats fans?

    If Marty and his lawyer weren’t smart enough to do the formal paperwork, then the Packers can get it back based on no disclosure.

    Did he leave it off the books because he was a free agent trying to maximize his contract??

    Boo hoo for him….

  7. Whether he owes the Packers the signing bonus or not is one issue, but how do you recover millions from the majority of these players? Many have huge lifestyles, questionable financial advisors and agents.
    I can believe teams actually give them all this money upfront. In the financial world the money would either be paid out as earned, or held in an escrow account.

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