Packers reportedly intend to seek bonus repayment from Martellus Bennett

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In the immediate aftermath of Green Bay’s decision to dump tight end Martellus Bennett, the issue of potential bonus repayment had not come up. The designation accompanying his waiver — failure to disclose medical condition — suggested that it will.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Packers indeed intend to pursue bonus recovery from Bennett. They paid him $6.3 million up front on a three-year deal, which translates to an allocation of $2.1 million per year.

The Packers believe that Bennett concealed a torn rotator cuff. Bennett already has disputed that contention. His decision, however, to go on the offensive in this regard by, among other things, attacking the integrity of Dr. Pat McKenzie could compel the Packers to roll the dice on a grievance, if only to make Bennett sweat.

Common sense suggests that Bennett simply lost interest in playing for the Packers once the collarbone of quarterback Aaron Rodgers snapped. (The injury occurred after Rodgers held the ball a bit longer to give Bennett a chance to spring more open — and then Bennett dropped the pass.) After the injury, Bennett may have embarked on an effort to get traded (case in point: his social-media musing about retirement only three days before the trade deadline) and, when that failed, an internal campaign to get cut.

But instead of suspending him for conduct detrimental to the team or placing him on injured reserve (which would have entitled him to continue to be around the team), the Packers decided to move on — and to blame it all on an injury that they quite possibly knew or should have known about.

Ultimately, this may be a case of buyer’s remorse, with the Packers blaming it on a concealed injury when the reality is that they knew or should have known that they were acquiring a player with a history of being a little kooky and uncooperative at times. He held it together while Rodgers was healthy, and then it apparently all fell apart once the quarterback went down.

So instead of admitting that they should have just kept Jared Cook, the Packers will be going on the offensive about a supposedly unknown injury — possibly to cover up the fact that they shouldn’t have risked adding a known headache to the locker room.

Meanwhile, the Green Bay’s entire argument has been undermined by the fact that Bennett has passed another physical and could be playing for the Patriots on Sunday night.

66 responses to “Packers reportedly intend to seek bonus repayment from Martellus Bennett

  1. I hope the Packers get the bonus back. It’s obvious that Bennett is a total fraud and as soon as Rodgers went down, he wanted out. He did nothing for the Packers. He was not in good shape, and dropped passes in every game. In fact — the Packers should have moved him to the offensive line because the only thing he did that was any good was block and he’s as fat as offensive linemen are.

  2. Bennett may have been playing games but the Packers are doing the same, likely to dump his salary since they don’t need him anymore with Rodgers injury. Maybe They deserved each other.

  3. “So instead of admitting that they should have just kept Jared Cook, the Packers will be going on the offensive about a supposedly unknown injury — possibly to cover up the fact that they shouldn’t have risked adding a known headache to the locker room.”

    This, and this:

    “Ultimately, this may be a case of buyer’s remorse, with the Packers blaming it on a concealed injury when the reality is that they knew or should have known that they were acquiring a player with a history of being a little kooky and uncooperative at times. ”

    The Packers are wasting their time trying to get their bonus money back. But they can’t compete on the field, so they will try to compete in the courtroom.

  4. Good luck with getting it back. It will never happen you fools. The Packers cut him. He didn’t retire. They should have called his bluff but they reacted stupidly and should just be glad they are not paying the rest of his salary. Packers are a joke.

  5. Bennett is a small issue. If we get the money, fine. Everything with my Packers is all about our one man team, Aaron, and how he effects McCarthy and the rest of the players. Big Mike is being exposed. Heads will roll. I like that. A lot.

  6. Bennett is hurt and he really should get that surgery. The only reason that he’s not is that his team is 6-2 and heading for a playoff run. There is no reason to sue him. Bennett is not going to be writing them a check.

  7. From the outset, this was a questionable signing. People can say what they want, but this was another case of “Ted Thompson did it, so it must be a good move.” The media lauded it like they do with everything Thompson does. I can’t count the number of times I sat there sweating as I listened to Draft experts praising Thompson for another amazing first or second round pick. Then it doesn’t pan out. Thompson’s success/failure rate it right on par with the rest of the league but you never hear the national media question his decisions. Its bizarre and is part of the reason that Green Bay hasn’t moved on despite TT’s mediocrity at building a roster around a HOF QB

  8. Poor signing by Ted Thompson. TT has also drafted Randall, Rollins, Spriggs and Fackrell all with premium draft picks in the last couple years. They even traded up for Spriggs giving up a 4th rounder. Ted’s off his game recently. Bennett was kept in line by the Pats as well,suggesting they have stronger organizational control than the Packers.

  9. Didnt the Packers do a physical before signing him? Must not have done a thorough job, huh? I imagine a physical in order to play a professional sport is a bit different than when I get a physical at the doctor.

  10. Sounds to me that the Packers are either incompetent or liars because Ian Rapport has an article out saying a source believes his injury happened last year with the Pats. If this story is true, then they should have seen the injury during his physical before he signed with Packers in free agency this past offseason.

  11. So this doctor who apparently is Aaron’s friend and who Jordy says is of high integrity missed the rotator cuff injury upon the signing of Bennett?
    The packers are suing for failure to disclose an injury that ther own doctor missed?

    Sorry, packers lose the lawsuit. And your fans are suckers for believing it.
    Just admit you got fleeced and try to win a game without Rodgers, rather than suing.

  12. Ted Thompson sucks, packers are competitive every year because of Rodgers. Take away GOAT candidate and Packers are aweful. Even with decent draft status they suck. Yep Viking fan but hard to argue Packers crap drafts lately. Mathews is no longer an effective pass rusher, Packers drafted so many hacks they never could get defensive help. It works for me but if I were a Pack fan I’d fire them all.

  13. Just because he had some success in New England doesn’t mean he had any of their mojo to bring with him to Green Bay. If that’s what they were thinking, they were stupid. The Packers may concede until next year (we’ll see,) and hopefully make moves to come back healthier and stronger. If their weak spots haven’t slapped them on the side of the head by now, they never will. If this season totally disintegrates, it will be Capers that is canned and long overdue. Thompson is a good GM despite playing it too conservatively in recent years. He’s not perfect but a decade of success can’t be denied. Don’t forget, the guy has a business to run in addition to judging talent. You take chances, some good, some bad. McCarthy? Ehh. He’s like the 917th ranked graduate at medical school………he’s benefitted from a lot of on-the-job training. Be became OK just by being around a great organization for so long. Assistant coaches make teams great, not head coaches. If the head coach knows how to pick assistants, he’ll be OK, sometimes great (see; Belichick.)

    The Packers have my full support and always will. I have faith, and it won’t take more than next year to keep it. I was there for The Glory Years, The Dark Years, and back again. Unlike all the remaining teams in the division, the Packers haven’t had to say “maybe next year,” too often.

  14. “GOAT”” candidate”?

    lol

    rodgers is great, but he does not have brady’s resume

    please stop

    you millennials are so desperate for attention

    ****

    Of cheating?

  15. stellarperformance says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Unlike all the remaining teams in the division, the Packers haven’t had to say “maybe next year,” too often.
    ————————–

    I guess, if 57 times over the last 59 years isn’t too often.

  16. wib22 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Of cheating?
    ———————

    Of winning. Unlike Brady, Rogers has actually confessed to trying to cheat via the air pressure in the footballs.

  17. The question is: What’s next for the Media Seeking Bennett Brothers? Maybe they can they can collaborate on their next story……….Can you imagine if they played on the same team?

  18. Why is everyone making a big issue of the Packers not re-signing Cook? Sure he is having a good season in Oakland but other than the catch in the playoff game, he didn’t do much for Packers. He was hurt half the season.

  19. A very similar thing happened with the Pats and a DT they got from Cincy named Fanene a few yrs ago. They ended up settling, but the Pats got almost half the bonus back. Only diff is, Fanene never played a down for the Pats, while Bennett played and seems to be contending that the shoulder got worse as the season went on.

  20. This is probably why the Packers don’t sign many free agents. Crap hits the fan and both parties want out. Who in their right mind plays with any nagging injuries on that offense now? It’s a disaster. QB play went from All Pro to junior high in a heartbeat. A guy who is considered a flake, isn’t going out there for that.

  21. Hey hey someone deals with these 2 punks brother with a back bone. Obviously Pack says he lied, wish NFL dealt with his brother same way.

  22. allight59 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:24 am
    Green Bay will soon be worse the Cleveland on and off the field. How pathetic…
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    You can tell the future? That’s fantastic! Tell us…….do the Vikings win the SuperBowl?

  23. just fleece the fans with the sale of more fake stock to get that money back.
    ——-
    Gotta love oblivious fans. Your team actually DID fleece you by raising your taxes to build a new stadium. But why worry about things like reality?

  24. stellarperformance says:

    “Unlike all the remaining teams in the division, the Packers haven’t had to say “maybe next year,” too often.” (or as corrected “as often”)
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The Packers record of non winning seasons is legendary.

    Having had 23 of 50 seasons since the inception of divisional play that the Packers failed to have a winning record, having you make this claim is hilarious.

    What’s even funnier is – you believe it.

  25. Of winning. Unlike Brady, Rogers has actually confessed to trying to cheat via the air pressure in the footballs.

    ***
    2004: James Harrison calls out the Patriots for more signal stealing

    More claims of the Patriots having impossible information about the opposing team’s game plans came in 2004 via Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

    He said,

    I should have another ring. We were the best team in football in 2004, but the Patriots, who we beat during the regular season, stole our signals and picked up 90 percent of our blitzes [in the AFC title game]. They got busted for it later, but hey, they’re Goodell’s boys, so he slapped ’em $500,000 and burned the tapes. Was he going to rescind their Super Bowls? Man, hell no!

  26. Eight straight playoff appearances with the roster Thompson put together and McCarthy coached. But all the knuckleheads say “it’s only because you have a great quarterback!”
    Well guess what…nobody is going to the playoffs that often without a great quarterback! Obviously the quarterback drives the bus. But tell me, isn’t Dreww Brees a great quarterback? Isn’t Ryan. What about Stafford even. These guys are great quarterbacks, maybe Rodgers is better, but these other teams struggle some years, or in the case of the Lions, most years!
    Because of the roster, top to bottom. And coaching.

  27. Whether or not the Pack wins that…which they probably won’t… I’d like to see the quitter’s life made a little tougher just for giggles.

  28. Having had 23 of 50 seasons since the inception of divisional play that the Packers failed to have a winning record, having you make this claim is hilarious.
    ——-
    I love that when you talk about our number of world championships you always say most of them don’t matter because they happened so long ago, but when it suits your purposes you’re more than happy to talk about the past. How about let’s talk about 50+ years of futility? How about no playoff wins since 2009? Or how about you stick to your own stories, grow up, and quit trolling every packer article.

  29. Green Bay will soon be worse the Cleveland on and off the field. How pathetic…
    ——
    Yeah, were pathetic without our playoff appearances record and 13 world championships. This, coming from a super troll fan of a team that hasn’t won anything ever, a team that quit on its coach last year, and a team that’s only relavent because they cheap-shotted the best player in the league.

  30. A torn rotator cuff is a funny thing. I had a torn rotator cuff for quite some time and I continued to function, doing my daily activities, going to the gym, lifting, etc. It was just painful at times. Some activities were more painful than others. It was my left shoulder and I’m right-handed, so it wasn’t as disruptive as it would have been if it were my right shoulder. I just lived with it until I had the opportunity to get the surgery done. Since that time it has torn again partially. They’re all basically partial tears until they snap. You can continue to function until it snaps. At that point it’s difficult but not impossible to fix. My guess is Bennett was continuing to play with it as long as there was an upside to it. Once there was no upside, it didn’t make sense to continue to play. Better to have the surgery, fix it, and take advantage of the extra time to heal and be ready for the next season. It seems he came to that conclusion after the injury to Aaron Rodgers. It makes sense, but of course one can see why the Packers might feel differently. However, if the Packers were forward-thinking, they might agree that it would be best to get him ready for next season. That leads me to believe that maybe they didn’t believe he’d be there next season. Perhaps he just wasn’t happy in Green Bay. The cold weather is starting to settle in, and I’ve been there, so I can see why he wouldn’t be happy LOL. My guess is they knew about the shoulder injury, they knew he was simply playing through it, and they’re using the fact that he’s chosen to use this as a reason to not play the rest of the season to pretend that they didn’t know about it or that they didn’t know it was that bad. So in this case I don’t really think the Packers are any better. It’s a failed relationship and they both need to move on. Should Bennett go on to have a reasonably productive second half of the season in New England, it won’t be the first time an eccentric personality has modified itself in exchange for an opportunity to be productive on a winning team in New England. They seem to have an environment where players like this can find their niche. Having said all that, I don’t think New England has anything to do with this other than signing a player that was cut by another team, made it past 31 other teams in waivers, and then signed a contract with them. The same thing happened with LeGarrette Blount. Nobody else wanted him. One coaches trash is another coaches treasure. I just made that up….

  31. I do love watching the schizophrenic trolls who in one thread rip Rodgers as over-rated, always predicting his obvious decline…. and then in the next talking about how the only reason the Packers have dominated their team for the past decade and gone to the playoffs for the last eight years in a row is because of Rodgers.

  32. tylawspick6 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:09 am
    “GOAT”” candidate”?

    lol

    rodgers is great, but he does not have brady’s resume

    please stop

    you millennials are so desperate for attention

    17 11 Rate This Your right no cheating no suspension no destroying phones nope totally different resume

  33. wib22 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:57 am
    Of winning. Unlike Brady, Rogers has actually confessed to trying to cheat via the air pressure in the footballs.

    ***
    2004: James Harrison calls out the Patriots for more signal stealing

    More claims of the Patriots having impossible information about the opposing team’s game plans came in 2004 via Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

    He said,

    I should have another ring. We were the best team in football in 2004, but the Patriots, who we beat during the regular season, stole our signals and picked up 90 percent of our blitzes [in the AFC title game]. They got busted for it later, but hey, they’re Goodell’s boys, so he slapped ’em $500,000 and burned the tapes. Was he going to rescind their Super Bowls? Man, hell no!

    ______

    Oh, this settle it!!! If James Harrison said it, it MUST be true!!!! Bahahahahahaha

  34. gtodriver says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:54 am
    stellarperformance says:

    “Unlike all the remaining teams in the division, the Packers haven’t had to say “maybe next year,” too often.” (or as corrected “as often”)
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The Packers record of non winning seasons is legendary.

    Having had 23 of 50 seasons since the inception of divisional play that the Packers failed to have a winning record, having you make this claim is hilarious.

    What’s even funnier is – you believe it.
    ——————————
    Well, what do you expect from a fan base that thinks they “own a part of the packers” by paying money for a piece of paper?

  35. I guess better said……..the Packers haven’t had to say “maybe next year,” as SOON as all the other teams in the division, season in and season out.

    Obsess over something more important.

  36. wib22 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

    2004: James Harrison calls out the Patriots for more signal stealing
    More claims of the Patriots having impossible information about the opposing team’s game plans came in 2004 via Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
    —————————

    Why is it “impossible information”? The Patriots have a guy that does nothing but study game film in order to figure out stuff like that. Don’t hate them for being better than everyone else.

  37. pkrlvr says:

    Your team actually DID fleece you by raising your taxes to build a new stadium. But why worry about things like reality?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Tax money was used to build Lambeau when it was originally built. It was used again when they remodeled it.

    But don’t let things like reality get in the way of your lies.

  38. stellarperformance says:

    I guess better said……..the Packers haven’t had to say “maybe next year,” as SOON as all the other teams in the division, season in and season out.
    ^^^^^^^^^^

    From the fan who has already said “maybe next year” already this season, that’s just hilarious.

    Especially when he know full well he’s said it before Vikings fans more often than not.

  39. gtodriver says:
    November 12, 2017 at 1:00
    From the fan who has already said “maybe next year” already this season, that’s just hilarious.

    Especially when he know full well he’s said it before Vikings fans more often than not.
    ////////////////////////::/:::::::::///////////

    Fake News

  40. How would Bennett know the extent of his injury? He claims he circled that he had a shoulder injury on the forms that you complete for team. Wouldn’t it be up to the team doctors to determine the exact injury?

    I read somewhere that Bennett’s number was up in Green Bay because Rodgers was ticked that Bennett shook Anthony Barr’s hand after the game on the same day that Barr injured Rodgers. Any truth to that?

  41. “I should have another ring. We were the best team in football in 2004, but the Patriots, who we beat during the regular season, stole our signals and picked up 90 percent of our blitzes [in the AFC title game].”

    Hilarious with every post you show you know nothing about the game.

    1. Stealing signals is not and never has been illegal. And is in fact a traditional part of not only the NFL and MLB, but any sport with signals.

    2. Sideline taping was only illegal after the 2006 season, and everyone who cries about the position of where the Pats were shooting video ignores the fact that if they had been 30′ farther away in the position approved for 2007 moving forwards, that there are these things called zoom lenses that would eliminate any difference in the results.

    3. Having played the Pats earlier that year, why were the Steelers using the exact same set of signals? I guarantee you the Pats weren’t and that only shows bad coaching by the Steelers.

    3 strikes you’re out. Run home and cry to mama some more about legal things the Pats have done as if it were cheating.

  42. So instead of admitting that they should have just kept Jared Cook..
    =====

    This never gets old…………….

    Richard Rodgers, 2015 – 58 receptions, 510 yards, 8 tds

    Cook, 2016 – 30 receptions, 377 yards, 1 td

    Bennett, 2017 – 25 receptions, 244 yards

    .. and Lance Kendricks has as many tds as those 2 with about 1/6 of the targets.

    Neither Cook, NOR Bennett were upgrades for the Packers.

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