We were all surprised when Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett indicated he planned to retire after this season, last week.
The Green Bay Packers seemed pretty surprised too. Bennett is in the first season of a three-year deal he signed this past offseason.
Naturally, this was a topic of conversation among the local media when the Packers returned to practice on Tuesday. First, coach Mike McCarthy noted that he didn’t have any idea what Bennett’s plans were.
“That’s really something, I think anytime comments are made, you should probably speak to the individual,” McCarthy said. “I’m not going to speak on anybody’s future plans and so forth. But there’ll be a point to sit down and talk to Marty. But it was the bye week, like I said, I can’t really speak on it.”
Bennett was on the practice field for the Packers. He did not, however, make himself available to the media. He declined all interview requests and uttered only one word on his way out of the locker room.
When asked what led to his decision, Bennett simply said, “life.”
Unlike a lot of players, Bennett has numerous off-the-field interests, including a company — The Imagination Agency.
It is assumed by many, that that’s where Bennett would like to turn his focus. And as we’ve noted numerous times, his focus doesn’t seem to be on football this year. He has more drops than big plays.
As excited as we were about this signing when it happened, it’s starting to look like a total waste.