Packers waive TE Martellus Bennett, ending short tenure

Packers TE Martellus Bennett won't play vs. Bears

"Martellus Bennett will not practice this week, he will not be available for the game", coach Mike McCarthy said before Wednesday's practice.

The Packers cut Bennett Wednesday over a mysterious injury that had sidelined him since Green Bay's first game without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a 26-17 loss to the Saints in Week 7.

The Packers signed Bennett to a three-year, $21 million contract as a free agent in March.

With a Chicago-based family and a passion for art and creativity, the 30-year-old Bennett was asked during training camp if he had considered retiring after winning a Super Bowl with New England last season.

ESPN reporter Field Yates revealed the news on Wednesday. Bennett practiced on Tuesday after the bye last week before going on the injury report with a shoulder injury.

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Bennett's production in the seven games he did play was modest: 24 catches for 233 yards and no touchdowns.

Had Bennett made a decision to retire after the season - as he said he might in a seemingly out-of-nowhere social media post during the bye week - the club likely would have gone after the $4.2 million unamortized portion of the $6.3 million guaranteed signing bonus Bennett received. They gave him a $6.3 million signing bonus.

The tight end is now subject to waivers, and teams have until 3 p.m. Thursday to submit a claim on him.

The Packers will look to veterans Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers to serve as the top tight ends in their offense moving forward.

Bennett was the Packers' biggest free-agent signing during the National Football League offseason. "If Marty's not, the other guys are ready to go".

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