Martellus Bennett says he’s unsure about playing in 2018

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Shortly before the Patriots released tight end Martellus Bennett, there was a report that he planned to continue his playing career in 2018.

That was a change from when we last heard from Bennett on the topic. Bennett said last October that he was “pretty sure” that he would hang up his cleats at the end of the 2017 season. On Wednesday, Bennett provided an update on his thoughts during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show and said he hasn’t made up his mind in either direction.

“Right now I’m just living life and trying to figure out what I want to do next,” Bennett said. “Is it to continue to play? Is it to explore other options? What is it that I want to do? After 10 years, you take such a toll not only on your body but mentally. So it’s just like where am I in a mental capacity overall? Is it something I want to continue to do?”

Bennett said he’s working out and “preparing to play,” so it may be a case of not getting the kind of offer he’s looking for on the open market more than total uncertainty about what he’d like to do over the rest of the year. Bennett also indicated he wouldn’t mind missing offseason work and even the start of training camp, which may mean a definitive answer about his plans won’t be coming soon.

22 responses to “Martellus Bennett says he’s unsure about playing in 2018

  1. Other than the Pats I don’t think he’ll have many takers even if he does want to play. And they aren’t likely to offer him the big money he’s going to want unless Gronk retires which doesn’t seem likely just yet.

  2. He could still get called back by the Patriots so he is probably waiting to see how that unfolds. I cant think Allen is any lock to make it through camp. And if Gronk and Hollister are there then a reduced role at a lower price might be a good fit for Bennett.

    I can’t think any team other than the Patriots would touch him at this point. However nice a positive he has been for NE he has been that much and more a negative for pretty much any other team that tried to work with him.

  3. Did he play in 2017? Could hav e fooled me. He fooled Green Bay and New England on that one, too.

  4. Big deal. The quitter isn’t sure he wants to play. If I’m an NFL GM, I’d be dammed sure I wouldn’t want him on my team.

  5. Probably one of the most immature human beings of the NFL.

    I’m sure his ex/current/future-teammates will appreciate him just going.. away, quietly.

  6. He wants to miss off season work and maybe even start of training camp. Yet when nobody wants him, he and his brother will say it’s collusion.

  7. Bennett practically admitted that he’d play for the Eagles, since it would be so cool to be teamed up with his brother. Maybe he’s waiting for the Eagles to make him an offer before he commits to playing in 2018.

  8. symxfan says:
    March 21, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    Dude wore a mask to pick up his checks in GB. Just retire and quit ripping people off.

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    Fake news. A mask would have suggested contrition. This is not a person that would ever feel contrition.

  9. Dude wore a mask to pick up his checks in GB. Just retire and quit ripping people off.

    Am I the only one who noticed that Bennett played through an ankle injury in 2016 after Gronk went on IR, and helped the Pats win the Super Bowl? That was 13 months ago.

    If that’s ripping people off, he can rip off my team any time.

  10. He may have a place with the Patriots or Eagles, but if not he’ll sit a year and then you’ll see him going through the motions to get a few bucks in Vince McMahon’s new league.

  11. tonyzendejas says:
    March 21, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    Dude wore a mask to pick up his checks in GB. Just retire and quit ripping people off.

    Am I the only one who noticed that Bennett played through an ankle injury in 2016 after Gronk went on IR, and helped the Pats win the Super Bowl? That was 13 months ago.

    If that’s ripping people off, he can rip off my team any time.

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    The way he treated the Patriots vs the way he treated literally any other team was freaky it was so different. If he had spent his entire career being like he was in NE it could (not would but could) have been a HOF career. I’m guess thats the Belichick difference at play. But it was wild how good he was both on and off the field in NE vs how bad he was everywhere else. And yes, the gratitude in NE is as strong as the anger is everywhere else.

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