Packers file paperwork seeking to recover bonus money from Martellus Bennett

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The Packers have filed paperwork seeking to recover bonus money from Martellus Bennett, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reported. Green Bay released the tight end with the designation that he failed to disclose a medical condition.

The Patriots claimed him off waivers, and he played two games before going on injured reserve with shoulder and hamstring injuries.

Bennett played in seven games for the Packers after receiving a $6.3 million signing bonus on a three-year deal. Per Demovsky, the Packers will try to collect the $4.2 million that’s prorated over the final two years of the deal.

An arbitrator is expected to hear the case, and the decision will have 2018 salary-cap ramifications.

The Packers stand a strong chance of winning if they can prove Bennett had a torn rotator cuff he failed to mention before he signed.

Bennett threatened retirement during the Packers’ bye week, but he returned and participated in one practice. He never practiced for the Packers again, going on the injury report with a shoulder injury.

Green Bay made him inactive for one game before cutting him.

53 responses to “Packers file paperwork seeking to recover bonus money from Martellus Bennett

  1. Good luck with that paperwork.

    Maybe the Packers should have a better qualified physician doing the physicals for FA signings. Obviously the current staff didn’t find anything wrong.

    I mean really – if you’re going to give someone millions of dollars to sign a contract – you should be willing to spend a couple thousand bucks to check them out.

    It was well documented that Bennett had some shoulder injury in 2016. This falls on TT and his inability to high qualified help.

  2. An arbitrator is expected to hear the case, and the decision will have 2018 salary-cap ramifications.
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    Wrong. The salary cap has no relevance in Green Bay.
    They are a one man team.

  3. Good for Martellus.He gave an NFL team a dose of their own medicine.The owners make me sick.They all have licences to print money.The baseball players did the right thing ,by having Marvin Miller represent them.The bottom line is you never see a sports franchise go bankrupt.

  4. Maybe this is why the Packers don’t sign free agents. They aren’t very good at it. Signing Bennett after his post Super Bowl comment last year was a mistake anyway. Bennett said “”they always overpay for Super Bowl Champs”. That should have been a red flag right there.

  5. I hope they get back every penny, and it’s appalling the NFL isn’t investigating the patriots further for tampering. It’s obvious the patriots wanted to bring him back. It’s obvious he wanted out of Green Bay once Rogers got hurt. And it’s obvious they had discussions and conspired to make it happen.

    There is no other explanation for Bennett to be so injured he can’t play one week, to being cut, to playing for the ONE TEAM that had a “hunch” the injury might not be all that bad.

    Belichick didn’t outsmart anyone, he’s cheating. Again!

  6. He was hurt all 2nd-half of the season and playoffs (ankle, SHOULDER, knee) but played because Gronk was IR. You can see Marty was a little limited/off his game by the SB. The fact that GB didn’t MRI him, and the fact that upon returning to the Pats he was very limited and then IR kind of proves his point. However, Jet Fraudger likes “bigger-balls” Aaron and loves to frame the Pats of course so you never know.

  7. mikeoxwells says:
    November 30, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I hope they get back every penny, and it’s appalling the NFL isn’t investigating the patriots further for tampering.
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    Okay (sigh) one more time, Bennett was waived. The Pats were 30th on the claims list at the time. For Bennett to have gotten to them the conspiracy would have required the collusion of no less than 29 teams in addition to your alleged tampering.

  8. Maybe the Packers fans should file paperwork to get refunds on this lost season!!

    I’m sure they didn’t expect to pay top dollar to watch Brett Hundley at QB!

  9. This is crap on the Packers …most signings are complete after a
    physical …that may he the case here …if not the Packers screwed up.
    In addition where is the proof he didn’t aggravate the injury during the
    year. This is the problem with the NFL ..the players have no leverage ..
    so even where their careers are ruin by an injury the teams can simply
    waive and releases with little or no liability.
    Don’t get me started on what the NCAA does to players who are injured.
    Football players as a whole have little or no leverage to protect themselves.
    It play ..or else …it’s what have you done for me today…forget the last 4 years.

  10. GB should instead try to recoup the outrageous amount of money they have paid Ted Thompson to squander away the prime years of Aaron Rodgers. And let’s not forget about team President Mark Murphy, who in reality is an excellent ribbon cutter, but a lousy executive. Not to mention an almost unworkable Board if Directors numbering 43 fat cats who (except for Larry MCarran), don’t know anything more about football than a cow does about astronomy.

  11. Who can blame Bennett for wanting out of the Packer disaster? They need his bonus $ to overpay Erin even more. Hope he comes back so Barr can really put a hit on him instead of a little tap.

  12. wib22 says:
    November 30, 2017 at 8:28 pm
    Good luck again. This on the packers stupidity. Belichick outsmarted them.

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    Patriots simply took what fell to them. Belichick didnt do anything brilliant. He just wasnt dumb enough to pass on a possible free gift. (That unfortunately wont pan out for this year.

  13. vikingjack73 says:
    November 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm
    Maybe the Packers fans should file paperwork to get refunds on this lost season!!

    I’m sure they didn’t expect to pay top dollar to watch Brett Hundley at QB!
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    Haven’t you heard?

    Packer tickets are being sold for half price or less on Craigslist.

    Of course, someone paid full price to get them in the first place…

  14. Ah, the Packers haters are out in full force over this article about the lying quitter Martellus Bennett.

    I will remind all you Packers haters once again:

    13 World Championships — more than any other NFL franchise. The only way some of your favorite teams ever get to go to a Super Bowl is if they buy a ticket.

    So keep your posts coming. It just shows how jealous you are.

  15. The injury was totally disclosed. The Patriots were reporting it in 2016. Given that, its pretty negligent of the Packers that they did not run an MRI no matter what Bennett said or didnt say. Even if he told them the injury was gone he’s one of the Bennett brothers so you verify before trusting. Thats as well documented as the injury. So really Im scratching my head on this one. However, if Green Bay does have a document they can produce that has Bennett stating the injury is gone then they might have a case. I have nothing against Bennett, I totally get what kind of a guy he has been in many places, but here in NE he has been a model teammate and even a great guy around the community. A pleasure to have around. But at the same time I get it that Green Bay, negligent or not, got treated pretty shabbily and if they claw back some of that money I wont say there isnt some justice to that.

  16. 4.2M/$250 = 16,800. You can order 5,000 sheets of paper for 50 bucks. Throw in a couple ink cartridges, and the pack brass can get the whole amount from their fans for about $300. Then down the line they can sell framed copies for another 50.

  17. The Packers blew this. It’s on the team to do their due diligence on a big money free agent. I don’t blame Bennett, keep quiet get paid. Sing like a canary and get one year at quarter of your worth.

  18. For a physical to be meaningful, the player has to be honest enough to say “it hurts when I do this”. If he withheld that kind of info, that’s on him, not the Packers’ doctors.

    The idea that teams should, as a part of the routine physical, do a head-to-toe MRI of every free agent just isn’t realistic, and likely would violate the CBA.

  19. Covering up for grossly incompetent medical / training staff on the Packers– at least as far as this FA signing was involved. Packers staff didn’t do their due diligence, and now they’re hoping that the league will help them cover their mistake.

  20. What I don’t get is why it took the Packers so long to realize something was wrong? He was never listed on an injury report for the first 8 games, they never suspected anything for half a year, and to top it off, their own doctor was OK with Bennett continuing to play. Nothing suggests that Bennett was in any way or form limited by injury. So why did the Packers cut him, just on principle because he lied? Or was it when he started talking about retirement or surgery and they realized they had overpaid the guy.

    I strongly doubt the Packers win this. Even if they prove that Bennet knew he had a torn rotator cuff, they need to prove that the injury clearly affected Bennet but here they have to face the question, if it was clear why didn’t they see it earlier and if they did, why did they fail to disclose it in an injury report?

  21. Kind of sad that this once proud organization, and many in their fan base, wants to wear it as a badge of honor that their medical staff fails the basic act of giving physicals.

  22. If they fail to get the money back from Bennett, I suspect their next move will be to try to get it from the Pats.

  23. Not sure where the Viking fans (actually more Packer haters than Viking fans) have any evidence whether GB did or did not perform an MRI on his shoulder.

    Bennett clearly is a rat when he jumped ship when Rodgers went down. Maybe he thinks he can get another SB ring even if he was on the Pats roster for two games this year similar to practice squad guys.

  24. Rodgers walks into A Barr says:
    November 30, 2017 at 9:07 pm
    Good thing is, he was paid in Packer Stock, so he can just turn that back over to them.

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    Hands down the funniest name I have ever seen.

  25. Listen to all you guys.

    If you had a guy on any of your teams that quit on their teammates in tough times, you’d want him run out of town and the bonus money returned in an instant.

    Heck, even the Browns did it with Manziel.

    Martellus is no different. Selfish quitter…

  26. lambeauwest says:
    December 1, 2017 at 6:53 am
    Not sure where the Viking fans (actually more Packer haters than Viking fans) have any evidence whether GB did or did not perform an MRI on his shoulder.

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    Because they acknowledged that a couple of weeks ago when they were defending the decision not to. They said Bennett did not indicate anything that warranted an MRI (and thats their basis here as well). That is indeed a point in their favor but on the other hand it was documented by the Patriots in 2016 there were problems with that shoulder and it was clearly affecting him in the playoffs. So for GB to skip it, even if Bennett said he was ok, is a head scratcher. An MRI is an inexpensive and easy to carry out measure would have established exactly what the deal is before committing millions of dollars. Even if GB wins back some money (which IMHO there is fairness to them getting) it will remain that they were obviously foolish in their handling.

  27. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm
    mikeoxwells says:
    November 30, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I hope they get back every penny, and it’s appalling the NFL isn’t investigating the patriots further for tampering.
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    Okay (sigh) one more time, Bennett was waived. The Pats were 30th on the claims list at the time. For Bennett to have gotten to them the conspiracy would have required the collusion of no less than 29 teams in addition to your alleged tampering.

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    Okay (sigh) one more time for those who don’t understand how the collusion occurred: Bennett announced he would retire if the Packers didn’t put him on IR. So when the Packers waived him it would have been lunacy for any team to pick him up and absorb part of his 2017 contract. After all, he would retire on them. But Bennett’s agent had told the Patriots in private that if Bennett wasn’t picked up before their chance to claim him on waivers, he would play for them. So, the Patriots alone knew he wasn’t retiring. They claimed him and surprise, surprise, he was willing to play instead! That is collusion. I don’t think it is illegal, but it is collusion. Still, the Packers have a valid argument for getting back some of the bonus money because he didn’t tell them he had a pre-existing injury.

  28. I see we have all the pats lawyers and viking trolls in full force.

    The point of a contract is to protect yourself for cases like this.

    If Marty signed it, and the arbitrator rules in favor of GB, boo hoo for him. If a player and his agent aren’t smart enough to properly disclose, why is that a problem for the employer?

    And whoever said MRI’s are inexpensive doesnt know health care costs. Last time a i looked full body MRI’s are between $20-25k. The contract is probably cheaper.

  29. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    December 1, 2017 at 8:11 am
    It’s a bummer he left before my guy Huntley lit up the Steelers! Those 2 could have been special together. But understand wanting too leave too. Go pack

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    Viking fan….

  30. “it’s appalling the NFL isn’t investigating the patriots further for tampering. It’s obvious the patriots wanted to bring him back. It’s obvious he wanted out of Green Bay once Rogers got hurt. And it’s obvious they had discussions and conspired to make it happen.”

    This comment is a fine example of the insanity of Pats haters.

    1. The Pats had nothing to do with Green Bay cutting him.

    2. The Pats claimed him off waivers after numerous teams passed on him. You would think it might be obvious to some of these NFL gurus that the Pats would pick him back up and with a cheap price tag for the remainder of the season one of the Pats competitors could have taken him off waivers and immediately IRd him if they didn’t want him, just to prevent the Pats from getting him.

    3. The Pats waiver claim was a fully approved and legal move fully approved by the league. If there was the slightest hint of impropriety by the Pats Goodell and his cronies would have blocked the move and hit them with tampering.

    4. He played in 2 whole games for about a dozen plays so yes, he was injured during his time with the Packers.

    Only Pats haters will claim that a legal move that follows all league rules and regulations, approved by the league, is somehow “cheating” by the Pats.

    SMH

  31. Seems to me the only way the Packers could prevail is if there was some bombshell evidence along the lines of Bennett having a surgery already scheduled when he signed or something like that. His shoulder was a known issue from before so it was on the Packers to check that out. And guys who have played for a few years are basically sore head-to-toe so there’s no practical way to expect them to self-report or self-diagnose a serious injury versus the constant lingering aches of previous injuries.

  32. 3 things, as I see them;

    There was no Patriot tampering. A team with that big a microscope on them would NEVER risk it for that sleezeball.

    Absolute desperation by the Packers signing this guy. Shame on them for being in the position they found themselves in.

    The Packers will win this. To some extent, their reputation is on the line. They wouldn’t have gone forward with if victory wasn’t a certainty.

  33. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    December 1, 2017 at 8:11 am
    It’s a bummer he left before my guy Huntley lit up the Steelers! Those 2 could have been special together. But understand wanting too leave too. Go pack

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    rare packer fan who isn’t’ a troll…..stay classy!!!

  34. And whoever said MRI’s are inexpensive doesnt know health care costs. Last time a i looked full body MRI’s are between $20-25k. The contract is probably cheaper.
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    So.. you’re going to pay a guy $21mil, $6mil gauranteed, and NOT give him a MRI beacuse it costs THOUSANDS of dollars?

    Sorry, not buying that.

    Brett Favre failed his Packers physical after the trade with the Falcons. He has the degenerative hip condition that ended Bo Jacksons career. Ron Wolf pushed the trade through anyway. I have no doubt the Packers medical staff did their due dilligance, and the Packers chose to sign Bennett regardless of his medical issues.

  35. murray, reiff, remmers signed as FAs, Cook and Elflein drafted, Thielen, Barrs, Griffith, Smith all locked up to team friendly contracts. meanwhile G’sB one FA acquisition is a bust and Keven King can’t cover a snail. There is obviously no comparison between the Kings of the North and the third place Sconnies’ team when it comes to coaching/management.

  36. andrwken says:
    December 1, 2017 at 9:29 am

    And whoever said MRI’s are inexpensive doesnt know health care costs. Last time a i looked full body MRI’s are between $20-25k. The contract is probably cheaper.

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    Wrong. I am in the industry and you are off by a factor of 10. A typical MRI exam costs between $1000-$1500. The costs of these exams is coming down, but it was never over $2000.

  37. fjw2 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    andrwken says:
    December 1, 2017 at 9:29 am

    And whoever said MRI’s are inexpensive doesnt know health care costs. Last time a i looked full body MRI’s are between $20-25k. The contract is probably cheaper.

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    Wrong. I am in the industry and you are off by a factor of 10. A typical MRI exam costs between $1000-$1500. The costs of these exams is coming down, but it was never over $2000.

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    Yep. Your correct. My source was way off. I assumed the number i was given was before insurance, which would make sense in a 90/10 claim. Thanks for clarifying.

  38. Not that he’s been a star, but when the raiders got jared cook, i really wanted them to get bennett instead. Looks like they made the better choice between the 2

  39. “There was no Patriot tampering. A team with that big a microscope on them would NEVER risk it for that sleezeball.”

    Thank you. I know you don’t like the Pats much and it would have been easier to take the low road and scream cheating. Its nice to see someone on this board use actual logic.

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