The three-year investment the Green Bay Packers made in tight end Martellus Bennett this past offseason appears as if it will only be a one-year investment.
Bennett revealed that he plans to retire after the season, on Saturday.
There are really three items of note here.
First, Bennett hasn’t been terribly productive since coming to the Packers. Bennett caught 55 balls for 701 yards and seven touchdowns last year with the New England Patriots. He has just 24 for 233 yards and no touchdowns with the Packers this season.
Bennett has made a couple eye-catching plays, but when we think of Martellus Bennett this season, we think of drops. Maybe that’s a signal Bennett’s heart and mind are not in the game anymore.
That brings us to point two. Bennett has a lot of things going on off the field. Those include writing children’s books and his company, The Imagination Agency. He’s also been vocal about social issues.
Those things have clearly become increasingly of interest to Bennett.
Lastly, it appears the Packers’ never-ending search for a tight end will be back on next offseason.
The team will still have Lance Kendricks on the roster and he is a decent option to take over the No. 1 role. Although Kendricks only has six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown on the season, he seems to make plays whenever given the opportunity. Basically, exactly unlike Bennett.
The team’s third tight end, Richard Rodgers — who has never done much of anything — will be a free agent. Rodgers has great hands, but can’t stretch the field or block very well.
If we had a guess, we’d place a large wager on the fact that Mike McCarthy will want another playmaker at the position. The free agent market is pretty bare for tight ends in 2008.
Seattle’s Jimmy Graham is the most notable name, although the Seahawks have done their best to ruin him.
Or maybe you like Cincinnati’s Tyler Eifert? You shouldn’t. He’s missed 31 games over five seasons.
Interestingly, the tight end who currently leads next year’s free agent class in receiving is Carolina’s Ed Dickson, with 325 yards.
Like I said, not much to get excited about there.
What do you think? Should we start a slogan?
Tank For A Tight End!