The Green Bay Packers cut Martellus Bennett on Wednesday and if Bennett does not decide to retire – which he said is coming soon – he could very well wind up back with the Patriots.
Green Bay failed to disclose a medical condition on Bennett, who did not play in Green Bay’s loss to the Lions on Monday night. Bennett was extremely disappointing in Green Bay as he did not have a single touchdown grab in seven games played. He caught just 24 balls for 233 yards.
Bennett seemingly loved his time with the Patriots, tweeting the following when he decided to cash in during NFL free agency:
“I’m going to miss you Mass-Holes. T’was Fun. Thank you for the good times. To infinity and beyond…”
Bennett had a monster season for the Patriots in 2016, catching a career-high seven touchdowns in one season. He also had 55 catches for 701 yards on the season. He did most of his damage without the services of Rob Gronkowski, who was injured during the latter stages of the Pats’ Super Bowl run.
Bennett’s replacement with the Patriots this season, Dwayne Allen, has been worse than even Bennett was in Green Bay. Allen does not even have catch this season and has been targeted by Tom Brady only six times all year.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was a huge fan of the combo-threat of Bennett and Rob Gronkowski last season.
“Those two players really complement each other well; they both can do a lot of the same things,” Belichick said in October of 2016. “It’s hard to get one of them. It’s really hard to get both of them.”
There were even rumors floated last year after some of Bennett’s biggest games (he had a 114-yard outing in Week 2 vs. Miami, a 109-yard game in Week 4 against Buffalo, and a 102-yard game in Week 10 against Seattle) that Belichick and the Patriots were entertaining the idea of trading Gronkowski in order to keep Bennett for a smaller price tag.