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Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Date of Birth:  03/10/1987
Age:  35
Height  6'6"
Weight:   275
College:  Texas A&M
Drafted:  2008 | Round 2 | Pick 61
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Martellus Bennett | Retired TE


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Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Bennett played ten seasons in the NFL and was a member of the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, Patriots, and Packers. He caught 433 passes for 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns in his career, and he was a member of New England's Super Bowl XLIX team. Bennett says he's now going to continue to commit more time to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency, which creates content for children. This announcement comes on the same day his brother and fellow NFL player, Michael Bennett, had a warrant issued for his arrest—which could potentially lead to ten years in prison for a felony assault of a disabled person after Super Bowl LI, Martellus' championship with the Patriots.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

The Patriots are releasing Martellus Bennett, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

This shouldn't be a surprise, and could mean the end of Bennett's career if New England doesn't bring him back on a cheaper deal. Other teams probably won't think he's worth the headaches after an inexplicable situation with Green Bay that led to his release last season. Bennett turns 31 in a few days.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett wants to continue his playing career, according to Ian Rapoport.

During the season, Bennett said he was "pretty sure" he would retire after 2017, but it sounds like he either had a change of heart or was just being dramatic and maybe looking to get out of Green Bay. Now with the Patriots, Bennett is due a $2 million roster bonus at the start of the new league year on March 14, so we could know by then whether he'll be back in New England for 2018.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

The Patriots placed tight end Martellus Bennett on IR.

Bennett has knee and shoulder injuries, and the shoulder injury appears to be the main thing that’s getting him placed on Injured Reserve. It’s still a mystery what went on in Green Bay with the Packers, and it’s also a mystery if Bennett will really retire like he indicated earlier this season. He's under contract with the Patriots for 2018.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) is out for Week 12.

Bennett was listed as doubtful entering today, so this was fully expected. This shouldn't have much of an impact on the fantasy value of anyone in New England's offense today versus Miami.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) is doubtful for Week 12.

It doesn't look like Bennett will be out there against the Dolphins, but he wasn't a recommended fantasy option either way.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett caught three passes for 15 yards in Week 11 win.

Bennett has become immediately involved with New England, catching three passes in both games with the Patriots, but he's not a fantasy option behind Rob Gronkowski. He still looks borderline disinterested at times, which isn't surprising considering how he quit on the Packers.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) is active versus Oakland.

Bennett was listed as questionable coming into the game, but he was expected to play in the game in Mexico. The veteran tight end is not a recommended fantasy option.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) is questionable for Week 11.

Bennett was limited in practice all week. Frankly, it's difficult to know what's up with him after he claimed he needed shoulder surgery and was released from the Packers. He'll probably play against Oakland, but it's no lock.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett catches three passes in Week 10.

Bennett pretty much picked up right where he left off last season with the Patriots, gaining 38 yards on his three receptions against the Broncos. It's still a confusing situation with Bennett's shoulder and his complaints about the Packers medical staff, which has been refuted by Packers players—and it's a situation that just isn't a good look at all for Bennett. But he is in a good spot back in New England.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett is active for the Patriots.

Bennett just arrived with the team this week and only had a few practices, but he's playing tonight versus Denver. The fact that Bennett was with the Patriots last season obviously helps. He's not a recommended fantasy option, though it wouldn't be surprising if he got involved right away in his first game with the team in 2017.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

The Patriots claimed tight end Martellus Bennett.

After the Packers released Bennett yesterday, it looked like it might've been the end for him. But perhaps the only team that would be able to claim him while getting him to be a team player claimed him, as the Patriots—who were near the bottom of the waiver order—brought him back after he left for Green Bay in free agency during the offseason. There's a chance he's inactive this Sunday night versus Denver, but Bennett might eventually slide in as the number two tight end behind Rob Gronkowski. He'd likely be a fantasy asset if anything were to happen to Gronk, but hopefully that doesn't happen and Bennett can remain on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

The Packers cut tight end Martellus Bennett, according to Field Yates.

Green Bay cut Bennett with the failure to disclose designation, according to Yates, and the team might've simply had enough of the veteran tight end—they can now try to get their money back after he signed his three-year, $21 million contract this offseason. Remember, Bennett is on his fifth team in his ten years in the league—there's a reason teams haven't tried to keep him around. Bennett already announced a couple weeks ago that this season would be his last, and it's possible his NFL career is over. If another team picks him up (he can be claimed off waivers, but it'd be a surprise if that happened given his contract and retirement talk), it's unlikely to lead to him having much fantasy value down the stretch.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 10.

Bennett is week-to-week with his shoulder injury. He hasn't been a fantasy option this season, so it doesn't have much of a fantasy impact outside of very deep leagues.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (shoulder) is inactive for Week 9.

Bennett will miss his first game of the season, but fantasy owners hopefully dropped him long ago anyway. Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers will both get work at tight end against Detroit.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (shoulder) is doubtful for Week 9.

Bennett didn't practice all week and is unlikely to play on Monday night against Detroit. The veteran tight end wasn't a good fantasy option even with Aaron Rodgers in the lineup, so he's way off the fantasy radar and shouldn't be on fantasy teams anymore anyway.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett has another quiet game in Week 7 loss.

The good news is he led the team in catches and receiving yards, but the bad news is that it was just two catches for 17 yards. Bennett should be dropped in all leagues that he's still owned in with the Packers heading into their Week 8 bye.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett caught two passes for 22 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

With Aaron Rodgers potentially done for the season with a broken collarbone, Bennett can probably be safely dropped in all leagues for those who were still holding onto him with faint hope of a turnaround. He has just 216 scoreless yards in 2017.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett catches all three targets in Week 5.

Bennett gained 53 yards on his three receptions against the Cowboys, including a nice catch down the field on a deep ball for 33 yards. It's good to see Bennett do something down the field after it seemed like most of his catches were all in the flat for little gains recently. This was his first game over 50 yards this season, and Bennett probably should not be in fantasy lineups against Minnesota next week.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett catches six of seven targets in Week 4.

Bennett had 39 yards on his six receptions, a few of which were just passes to the flat that went nowhere. It was an OK game for PPR scoring, but Bennett simply doesn't offer a lot of upside the other tight ends offer.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett continues to struggle in Week 3 win.

Bennett caught three passes for just 12 yards, and despite playing a lot of snaps and seeing a good amount of targets, he has just 102 scoreless yards in 2017. The free-agent signing honestly looks sluggish or disinterested, and he's an overrated player to begin with. It's probably time to move on.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett gets targeted team-high 11 times in Week 2.

Bennett caught five passes for 47 yards, and it’s a bit concerning he couldn’t do more damage with the team-high in targets. Through two games, he’s looking like a low upside option.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett catches three passes in Week 1.

Bennett had 43 yards (on six targets) against the Seahawks. He did get a personal foul late in the game when he took exception to what he deemed an unnecessary hit to Aaron Rodgers, which could earn him some bonus points from his new quarterback. We're not sure Bennett offers a ton of upside with the Packers, but he might have a solid floor. He gets the Falcons next week.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett catches seven-yard pass on Saturday night.

After catching a touchdown in last week's game, Bennett's ADP jumped, but we're not sure it should have. He has the makings of a touchdown-dependent TE1 that isn't worth drafting in the middle rounds ahead of high-upside running backs or wide receivers.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Bennett catches three-yard touchdown in first game action with Aaron Rodgers.

It was his only catch of the game, and it capped off a 15-play opening drive. Marty B is currently going in the 9th round of fantasy drafts, but that seems too high for a guy that will be no better than the fourth option on the offense. Bennett will probably be touchdown-or-bust most weeks in 2017.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Marty B catches one pass in preseason opener with Green Bay.

He caught a slant route for 13 yards. Bennett did look pretty bad on a play where it looked like he didn't even try to block a guy, but maybe it was a missed assignment or he was confused—he's normally a good blocker. Bennett has upside later in fantasy drafts as a tight end for Aaron Rodgers.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett is fine from his non-contact injury earlier today.

It was just an ankle injury and Bennett quickly returned to drills during practice, according to multiple reports. Bennett is looking to form a great connection with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett needed help getting up and appeared to be limping during a non-contact drill at Packers practice.

Packers reporter Chris Barriere said Bennett was grabbing his left leg. Non-contact injuries are always a concern, but at least he got up and walked off instead of needing a cart. Hopefully it's some sort of minor hamstring/quad tweak instead of a knee/ankle, but we will keep you updated when we hear more.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Multiple reports: The Packers are signing Martellus Bennett.

The Packers take a rare dip into free agency. Not bad for Bennett, who will go from one great quarterback to another. Jared Cook seems like he might have been a better fit, but overall Bennett is considered a better player. Bennett should be a good TE1 next season with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett is unlikely to return to the Patriots, according to multiple reports.

Bennett is apparently looking for $9 million per season, which the Patriots almost certainly will not pay. We'll see who is willing to pay Bennett the amount he desires.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett catches five-of-six targets in Super Bowl LI win.

Bennett had five receptions for 62 yards and drew a pass interference in overtime to set up the game-winning touchdown for the Patriots. There are reports that the Patriots want to bring back Bennett in 2017, but we'll see what happens in free agency.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (knee) listed as questionable for the Super Bowl.

There is not much doubt Bennett will play. There is no probable designation anymore, which is what Bennett would likely be listed as if it was still around. Bennett will look to make a big impact as Tom Brady's number one tight end in the Super Bowl.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (knee) was a limited participant again on Thursday.

We'll update you tomorrow on his Friday practice status and official game status, but there is no doubt he'll be playing in the Super Bowl.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Bennett might be a limited participant all week, but he will certainly be playing on Sunday.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett catches all five targets in AFC Championship.

Bennett had five receptions for 32 yards against Pittsburgh. He's on his way to the Super Bowl in his first season with the Pats.

Martelleus Bennett had only one reception for four yards in playoff win over Houston.

Bennett appeared to suffer a potentially serious knee injury late in the game, but fortunately he only hyperextended his knee and missed one play. He has been more of a factor blocking than receiving recently, but he could easily have a breakout game in the final one or two games of the season on New England's Super Bowl run.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett caught three passes for 33 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win.

Bennett will close out his first regular season in New England with 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers are probably a little lower than what we expected with Gronk in the lineup, and actually really disappointing with Gronk out for most of the year. Bennett was battling injuries of his own, and will hopefully have some big moments in the playoffs.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett catches touchdown in win.

Bennett caught two passes for 19 yards, including a nice grab on a 14-yard score; he dragged his feet in the back of the end zone for six. New England could try to get Marty-B involved more next week against the Dolphins as they head to the playoffs, but he remains a volatile TE1.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett caught two passes for 35 yards in Sunday's win over Denver.

Bennett was actually second on the team in receiving yards, as New England attacked Denver with Dion Lewis on the ground. Marty-B will be a volatile TE1 option for next week against the Jets, but it's more likely that he booms with New York declining to cover tight ends recently.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Marty-B catches first touchdown since Week 5.

Bennett had four catches (on four targets) for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. One of Bennett's catches came on an unorthodox flea flicker. Then he caught a touchdown on a perfect over-the-shoulder throw from Tom Brady. It's great to see Bennett have a good game after struggling on the stat sheet recently while battling an ankle injury. Bennett should remain a big part of the Patriots game plan, and is a solid TE1 next week in a tough matchup against the Broncos.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Bennett (ankle) has quiet Week 13.

The "Black Unicorn" caught two-of-four targets for just four yards. With Rob Gronkowski (back) done for the season, Bennett should gobble up all targets at the tight end position, but he wasn't in a good spot with the Patriots having an easy win and Marty-B being hobbled. He will be a volatile TE1 next week against the Ravens; Baltimore has been tough on tight ends this season.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 13.

He should play against the Rams, especially with Rob Gronkowski out. Bennett has a lot of upside, but is a volatile option this week, especially because he is banged up. He's more of a mid-range TE1 this week.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett (ankle) caught three passes for 22 yards and rushed once for four yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Bennett had an opportunity to make plays with Gronk leaving the game, but he suffered an ankle injury of his won. He fought through it, but Bennett wasn't really a receiving factor on Sunday. Whether or not Gronkowski is back for Week 13 versus the Rams, Bennett is a high-upside, volatile TE1 option.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett catches only one pass in Week 11.

Despite Gronkowski being out, Bennett didn’t put up big numbers. Many people expected Bennett to be an elite option this week, but only had one catch for 14 yards. He should have a better game against the Jets next week. He’s a risk/reward TE1.

Martellus Bennett | Retired TE

Martellus Bennett leads the Pats in receiving in Week 10.

Bennett had seven catches for 102 yards. Bennett always has the potential for big games in this offense, but he can also put up some duds. Bennett is a solid TE1. He's a good play this week against the 49ers.