Not just for a visit. The Green Bay Packers are reportedly signing tight end Martellus Bennett, which coincidentally, I just mentioned when we found out Jared Cook wouldn’t be returning.
That’s what you call an upgrade, baby!
Interestingly, the news looks like it was broke by Nickelodeon (more on that in a moment).
— NickSports (@NickSportsTV) March 10, 2017
Bennett played last season with the New England Patriots, where he caught 55 balls for 701 yards and seven touchdowns. He was traded to the Patriots by the Chicago Bears, where he spent three seasons. His best year in Chicago came in 2014, when he caught 90 for 916 and six.
Bennett also played for the Giants and Dallas in his nine-year career.
He has a career average of 10.6 yards per reception and averaged 12.7 in 2016.
At this time last year, we knew Bennett was on the trade block and actually discussed the Packers making a move for him. Of course, the Bears probably had no interest in trading Bennett within the division.
So the Packers waited around a year and got their guy.
The one red flag we discussed at the time was that Bennett is extremely outspoken. That’s something that doesn’t seem to fit real well in Green Bay. It will be interesting to see how Bennett meshes with the team and community.
As for the Nickelodeon connection, Bennett apparently has a animation production company that does some stuff with Nickelodeon. I seriously saw that tweet a good five minutes before NFL Network had anything, but didn’t know what to do with it because… WTF?
Here are the salary details, which I would call reasonable.
The #Packers signed 30-year-old TE Martellus Bennett to a 3-year deal for $21M, source said. No incentives. They didn't get there for Cook
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2017
Dammit. I don’t want this lazy, often-injured clown on my football team. WTF?
The Bennet brothers are garbage
I cant believe this crap
Remember when the Bennett brothers were showing their support for their “brother” Aaron Hernandez?
Bennett also had a reputation as a cancer in the bear locker room, but, it’s just hearsay i guess. I think once someone gets in the Patriot locker room, it’s a new world. You conform, or you’re shown the door. Remember how Randy Moss was so well behaved in New England, then he went back to Minn. to be the asshole he always was.
The corpse did something?
The Devil may be in the details. Bennett was preaching how he needs the big payday now, after the SuperBowl.
Lets find out how much he over payed, as i have every reason to believe he did.
Well if he plays well who gives a shit! He can be a dynamic player! I had a funny feeling earlier in the week that we were going to get him instead of Cook. Now we need a fucking CB and an ILBer . . .
I do…because that’s all he does. We had the 4th highest scoring team in the NFL. If were going to overpay, should we overpay for a defensive playmaker?
Or should we just stick to the Packers 6-10 year plan of relying on the offense to outscore the defense. that’s worked out well the last 6 years.
What’s next, we sign Adrian Peterson for 12 mill/year?
It was reported last year that Bennett had turned down a 7 mil a year extension from the Patriots after the Patriots traded for him. Anything between 6 and 7 mil a year is probably the best TT will achieve. Probably going to be over 7 a year. Bennett probably is a little below a top ten TE and that will get you 6 to 7 mil a year.
A friend of mine who is a big bears fan never had anything bad to say about Bennett being a locker room problem (Marshall, yes), just that Bennett is kind of odd, whatever that means. I will take odd if he can still block like a Tight end should, and stretch the field and catch the ball like a big wide receiver. He also said a few of the receivers a couple of years ago shut it down before the season was over. Not sure if that included Bennett. I know it included Jeffries and Marshall
This is Ted, i’m thinking 8-9 mill or so a year on average.
If BJ Raji is offered 8 mill/year, then………………………….
Thanks be to BJ for his gift of retirement!
Yea, no kidding.
Actually, he had turned down that offer. Then, of course there were no suitors, and he returned for 4M.
Yep….One buffon made the offer, the other buffoon turned it down…..Thank God.
Howard, i still wouldn’t be surprised if……
Ted: Hi BJ, it’s Ted…Whatchya up to?
Raji: Not much, making the kids dinner.
Ted: No…i meant your weight…you want to come back?
3 year 18.45 mil total
That’s workable….as long as it’s not front loaded.
It’s curious because, he was looking for 9 a year, and the Patriots offered him an extension of 7mill/year.
I guess we need to see the structure. I like the upgrade, but damn…..our offense isn’t the problem.
I read somewhere that he may need ankle surgery. So yes, hopefully not a lot of guaranteed money!
You should read this Howard…http://gnb.247sports.com/Bolt/Martellus-Bennett-explains-why-he-signed-with-Packers–51713382
I like what he had to say, especially about the history of the Packers. Seems to show respect for the game and it’s history, Very mature.
With the #’s and what he had to say….i have no problem with any of this from what i’ve seen so far.
And although it’s rare and seldom deserved, nice job Ted.
All he has to do now is stay healthy and available.
So the same site (NFL trade rumors) that had 18.45 now says 3 year 21 mil?
i think those #’s came from Domovsky, but i’m not 100%.
That 18.5 mill did sound too cheap. I’m guessing that’s about where the Pack was at with Cook.
The #’s did come from Demovsky…what a hack. This is what ESPN gets for hiring someone from the Green Bay Gazette.
“Rob Demovsky reports that the Packers have signed TE Martellus Bennett to a three-year, $18.45 million deal. Interestingly enough, Demovsky mentions that this is actually less than what Jared Cook and the Packers were close to agreeing to earlier.
TT probably low balled Cook, fucked that up, then realized he better sign a tight end or else have everyone furious with him.