Clay Matthews: Packers got “good laugh” out of Martellus Bennett saga

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews can’t help but chuckle over the circumstances that led to his former teammate Martellus Bennett lining up Sunday for the New England Patriots after apparently being too injured to play in Green Bay.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Matthews said the only way to look at the situation was to laugh about it and move on.

We all got a good laugh from it,” Matthews said. “It is what it is. Martellus is in their locker room now and not here anymore. So now we’re just focused on the guys we have in here.”

The Packers released Bennett last week with a failure to disclose injury designation focused on Bennett’s ailing shoulder. Bennett claimed that Packers physicians were pushing him to play when he needed surgery to fix the damage in his shoulder, which the Packers were supposedly well aware of when they signed him this offseason. He also said he told his agent to inform teams he was retiring and not to claim him. Instead, the Patriots claimed him anyway and his played for his new/old team Sunday night in Denver.

“You know what, I think everybody knows the story there — we don’t need to talk about it much more,” Matthews added. “Like I said, we’re focused on the guys in the locker room, but it’s an interesting story that will probably be talked about for a while.”

Bennett played just seven snaps in his first game back with the Patriots, but he caught three passes for 38 yards in his limited time on the field.

43 responses to “Clay Matthews: Packers got “good laugh” out of Martellus Bennett saga

  1. Okay, so there’s a clear case of collusion here between Bennett and the Patriots. If he told his agent to tell other teams he was retiring, plus that whole injury thing… Sorry to bring up the whole cheat thing with the Pats, but this really does look bad…

  2. I’m sure the Bennett brothers are very competitive. This Thanksgiving, they will play ‘ Who is the biggest liar’.

  3. Shady as hell!! It was a given that once AR went down he decided he couldn’t play anymore due to pain in his shoulder. Pfffttttt

  4. Bennett and his brother are a cancer in their team locker rooms. Also, never heard any other player say “gee Martellus Bennett was a great team mate.”
    I am sure Coach Billl , Gronkwski, and Brady tell Bennett to just play and shut the heck up.
    However, Bennett could get the last laugh if Patriots win Super Bowl #5.

  5. Let’s see who is laughing in February….L Blount did same thing when he realized pittsburgh was a nuthouse, and got 2 very nice rings from it.

    Many players realize, after taking money, that they’ve made an error…Not saying Packers are a bad organization, they are not. But wasn’t a fit….and many players realize after leaving NE that they’ve left a special organization behind….MB fits very well in NE.

  6. Matthews and every other Packers player knows that Bennett quit on the Packers after Rodgers went down and he wasn’t in top shape, either. The only two things he did while he was on the Packers was run his mouth and drop passes. Throw in he completely lied about the trainer and it’s obvious Matthews and the other Packers are happy he’s gone.
    It’s also obvious why teams who sign him can’t wait to get rid of him after they have him for a while.

  7. “We all got a good laugh from it,” Matthews said. “It is what it is. Martellus is in their locker room now and not here anymore. So now we’re just focused on the guys we have in here.”

    “You know what, I think everybody knows the story there — we don’t need to talk about it much more,” Matthews added. “Like I said, we’re focused on the guys in the locker room, but it’s an interesting story that will probably be talked about for a while.”

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    For a guy that claims they don’t need to talk about it – he’s sure talking about it…

    Could have just responded to the question with “I don’t need to talk about that.” and left it at that.

  8. It was that $30MM a year water that Brady supplies the Pats locker room. Miraculous healing powers. That is what fixed Bennetts shoulder.

  9. nyneal says:

    November 16, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Matthews and every other Packers player knows that Bennett quit on the Packers after Rodgers went down and he wasn’t in top shape, either. The only two things he did while he was on the Packers was run his mouth and drop passes. Throw in he completely lied about the trainer and it’s obvious Matthews and the other Packers are happy he’s gone.
    It’s also obvious why teams who sign him can’t wait to get rid of him after they have him for a while.
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    That whole team quit when Aaron went down, what are you talking about?

  10. The charges of collusion being bandied about here are hilarious because it is obvious that the term is being used by people that don’t understand what it means. Collusion implies that multiple parties in a position of power conspired to ensure this particular chain of events. It would mean that the Patriots worked with Green Bay and/or every other team in the NFL that failed to put in a waiver claim in order to acquire MB, which is laughable. The word you are probably looking for is tampering, which is what it would be if the Patriots discussed with MB the possibility of him rejoining the team while he was a Packer. While that is more plausible, it is mere conjecture in the absence of any supporting evidence whatsoever.

  11. dabears62 says:
    November 16, 2017 at 6:29 am
    Bennett and his brother are a cancer in their team locker rooms. Also, never heard any other player say “gee Martellus Bennett was a great team mate.”
    I am sure Coach Billl , Gronkwski, and Brady tell Bennett to just play and shut the heck up.
    However, Bennett could get the last laugh if Patriots win Super Bowl #5.

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    We already got 5 bub lol you mean #6

  12. gtodriver says:
    November 16, 2017 at 6:52 am
    For a guy that claims they don’t need to talk about it – he’s sure talking about it. Could have just responded to the question with “I don’t need to talk about that.” and left it at that.
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    Then you’d have said he was a disinterested non-team player. Heck, if he could turn water into wine, you’d call him an alcoholic.

  13. Let’s see – he’s proven he’s soft, not very good at his job, and laughed at by the rest of the league. Sounds like a Packer NFCCG summary.

  14. People are getting a “good laugh” out of Green Bay’s rapid sinking to the bottom of the NFC since Rodgers got knocked out. But hey… at least they can still beat Da Bears.

  15. “Okay, so there’s a clear case of collusion here between Bennett and the Patriots. If he told his agent to tell other teams he was retiring, plus that whole injury thing…”

    Yeah I don’t think you understand NFL rules or what the word collusion means. For collusion to have occurred the Pats would have had to contacted Bennett while he was still a Packer and told him they would sign him back.

    Once the Packers cut Bennett and he was in the waiver system he was certainly free to tell any team that contacted his agent that he was or wasn’t interested in playing for them. Any team could have claimed him even if he didn’t want to play for them to prevent the Pats getting him. Once he dropped down to the Pats they were free to grab him.

    Now you can certainly say Bennett was unethical in the way he talked himself out of Green Bay after Rodgers went down. Or you can look at is a business decision of the same sort owners and GMs make all the time. On a team that lost its only good QB, it was not worth it for him to play injured and risk making that injury worse while on a team that is on a serious Super Bowl run it is worth playing.

    Pats did nothing wrong though, they just took advantage a situation created by Bennett and the Packers.

  16. crownofthehelmet says:
    November 16, 2017 at 10:13 am
    Let’s see – he’s proven he’s soft, not very good at his job, and laughed at by the rest of the league. Sounds like a Packer NFCCG summary.
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    Sounds more like the Steelers team the Packers moon-walked in SuperBowl XLV. Overrated.

  17. stellarperformance says:

    November 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

    crownofthehelmet says:
    November 16, 2017 at 10:13 am
    Let’s see – he’s proven he’s soft, not very good at his job, and laughed at by the rest of the league. Sounds like a Packer NFCCG summary.
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    Sounds more like the Steelers team the Packers moon-walked in SuperBowl XLV. Overrated.
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    John Elway….need we say more????

  18. harrisonhits2 says:
    November 16, 2017 at 10:38 am
    “Okay, so there’s a clear case of collusion here between Bennett and the Patriots. If he told his agent to tell other teams he was retiring, plus that whole injury thing…”

    Yeah I don’t think you understand NFL rules or what the word collusion means. For collusion to have occurred the Pats would have had to contacted Bennett while he was still a Packer and told him they would sign him back.

    Once the Packers cut Bennett and he was in the waiver system he was certainly free to tell any team that contacted his agent that he was or wasn’t interested in playing for them. Any team could have claimed him even if he didn’t want to play for them to prevent the Pats getting him. Once he dropped down to the Pats they were free to grab him.

    Now you can certainly say Bennett was unethical in the way he talked himself out of Green Bay after Rodgers went down. Or you can look at is a business decision of the same sort owners and GMs make all the time. On a team that lost its only good QB, it was not worth it for him to play injured and risk making that injury worse while on a team that is on a serious Super Bowl run it is worth playing.

    Pats did nothing wrong though, they just took advantage a situation created by Bennett and the Packers.

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    All true as long as everything went as you explained it.

    What I think most people here are saying is that it seems fishy the way he played the whole situation making it very easy for the Pats to get him reacquired. The injury surgery, retirement talk, and then the supposedly telling other teams not to sign him because he’s retiring? How does that not make you go, hmmm?

    If any conversation, although unlikely to ever be documented, ever happened between Marty and the Pats, then this would definitely be collusion.

    How about something like,

    “Hey Bill, things are not going the way I thought they would in GB, would you be interested if I’m available?”

    “Sure Marty, but you have to get released and get through waivers before we can even talk.”

    “Don’t worry about that Bill, I can talk my way out of anything. See you soon.”

    I’m not blaming or trying to crucify the Pats. Successful teams will always get a better shot at a free agent looking to win. But it is what it is.

  19. harrisonhits2 says:
    November 16, 2017 at 10:38 am
    “Okay, so there’s a clear case of collusion here between Bennett and the Patriots. If he told his agent to tell other teams he was retiring, plus that whole injury thing…”

    Yeah I don’t think you understand NFL rules or what the word collusion means. For collusion to have occurred the Pats would have had to contacted Bennett while he was still a Packer and told him they would sign him back.

    Once the Packers cut Bennett and he was in the waiver system he was certainly free to tell any team that contacted his agent that he was or wasn’t interested in playing for them. Any team could have claimed him even if he didn’t want to play for them to prevent the Pats getting him. Once he dropped down to the Pats they were free to grab him.

    Now you can certainly say Bennett was unethical in the way he talked himself out of Green Bay after Rodgers went down. Or you can look at is a business decision of the same sort owners and GMs make all the time. On a team that lost its only good QB, it was not worth it for him to play injured and risk making that injury worse while on a team that is on a serious Super Bowl run it is worth playing.

    Pats did nothing wrong though, they just took advantage a situation created by Bennett and the Packers.

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    As long as everything went down the way you say it did.

    I think what most people here are saying is that it was a well orchestrated plan to get out of GB.

    If Marty knows the Pats will look at him if he gets to them on waivers, then it’s worth the go in his mind, right? The injury surgery, retirement talk, and reiterating the retirement talk to other teams? He had good counsel.

    I’m guessing it could have went something like,

    “Hi bill, Marty here. Things aren’t going well over in GB, looking for some TE help?”

    “Sure Marty, but we can’t really discuss this while your still with your current team.”

    “No worries Bill, I can talk my way out of anything. Cya soon.”

    Technically collusion but where are you ever going to get proof. I’m sure it happens all the time so no need to beat the cheating Pat drum, but it is what it is….

  20. I think what most people here are saying is that it was a well orchestrated plan to get out of GB.

    If Marty knows the Pats will look at him if he gets to them on waivers, then it’s worth the go in his mind, right? The injury surgery, retirement talk, and reiterating the retirement talk to other teams? He had good counsel.

    I’m guessing it could have went something like,

    “Hi bill, Marty here. Things aren’t going well over in GB, looking for some TE help?”

    “Sure Marty, but we can’t really discuss this while your still with your current team.”

    “No worries Bill, I can talk my way out of anything. Cya soon.”

    Technically collusion but where are you ever going to get proof. I’m sure it happens all the time so no need to beat the cheating Pat drum, but it is what it is….
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    Or MB wanted to call it a career and get repaired on the GB’s dime. Then he finds himself unemployed and figures he’s all set to walk off into the sunset. Pats had NOTHING to lose by claiming him. They let Grisom go, if MB doesn’t pan out they re-sign him or someone off the practice squad. So sure at that point BB talks to MB and explains how he can use him sparingly, seven snaps with three catches, create a diversion and throw a nice TD pass to Allen unexpectedly. The genius of Bill Belichick.

  21. Despite of being a Patriots fan, I don’t really care for Bennett. He chased the money to GB, wore out his welcome, decided it was not worth for him to play injured for a team that isn’t going anywhere and the team decided they had overpaid him so they cut him with a ridiculous designation in a desperate attempt to get some money back (which they never will).

    The Patriots, did what they always do, take a flier on an old, malcontent and injured player that would cost spare change if he failed the physical or was not healthy enough to play. It definitely helped that they were familiar with him. Why is everyone having fits about this?

    As for Mathews, just shut up with the good laugh nonsense. GB paid Bennett $7 million to play half a season with them and the other half with a SB contender. I’m sure Bennett is crying all the way to the bank or a second ring.

  22. Move on.

    Bennett might not finish the season, depending on which doctor he’s listnening to that day.

    Bennett might win another ring. Congrats to him.

    Bennett will be $4mil lighter in the wallet. So, hopefully his public tantrum was worth it.

  23. Glad that Patriots fans took yet another opportunity to show the world what d-waffles they all are.

    Just never gets old…………………………………………..

  24. Sounds more like the Steelers team the Packers moon-walked in SuperBowl XLV. Overrated.
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    If that game were 3 minutes longer, McCarthy would have found a way to lose that one too.

  25. aarons444 says:
    November 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Glad that Patriots fans took yet another opportunity to show the world what d-waffles they all are.

    Just never gets old…
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    Says the guy who sees a Massengill box in his mirror

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