Packers TE Martellus Bennett announced via his Instagram account that he plans to finish out the 2017 season and then retire from the NFL.
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) October 28, 2017
This comes as a surprise, considering that he’s in the first year of his three-year contract with Green Bay and is still only 30 years old.
Even so, Bennett has made it clear that he values life after football and he has his family and other projects like the Imagination Agency to focus on, so we’ll have to see if he follows through on this and walks away next year.
Bennett, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2008. He’s currently in the first year of his three-year, $21 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $3.6 million and $5.65 million over the next two years of the agreement.
Pro Football Talk points out that Bennett would have to pay back $4.2 million of his signing bonus if he were to retire.
In 2017, Bennett has appeared in seven games and caught 24 passes for 233 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Packers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 53 tight end out of 66 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Bennett and retirement as the news is available.