Green Bay Packers Release Martellus Bennett

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Starting tight end Martellus Bennett will be out for the game at the Chicago Bears (10 a.m. on WTMJ). If no teams does then Bennett will become a free agent.

However, it's still an unusual situation in Green Bay, and it'll be interesting to see how things play out over the next couple of months.

Bennett will now be available on waivers for the other 31 National Football League teams, who have until Thursday afternoon to place a claim.

The Packers released Bennett on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Field Yates who initially reported on the news.

The Packers have two other tight ends on the roster in Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers.

Bennett had been battling a shoulder injury.


Meanwhile, a number of his now ex-teammates are wondering what went awry - and whether Bennett quit on them as soon as they lost two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers to an October 15 broken right collarbone.

During a recent Instagram post, Bennett hinted that he could retire at the end of this season. Bennett was only in Year 1 of a three-year, $21 million deal he signed back March.

"I know he was in here [Tuesday]", McCarthy said prior to Wednesday's practice.

"The 6'6" TE struggled to adjust to the offensive scheme in Green Bay, as in seven games he only recorded 24 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns, and developed an issue with drops that he never seemed to recover from. They didn't give him one, and, concerned about his locker room presence, traded him a year later.

"The other guys have proven they can do it as well", tight ends coach Brian Angelichio said last week when asked about not having Bennett.

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