Patriots TE Martellus Bennett Wants To Continue NFL Career, Despite Prior Retirement Talk


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Patriots TE Martellus Bennett wants to continue his NFL career, despite indicating that retirement was an option for him last year.

According to Rapoport, the Patriots face a decision with Bennett, given that he’s owed a $2 million roster bonus on March 14. However, Rapoport says that Bennett’s $6.2 million cap hit for the 2018 season really isn’t that bad.

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 a base salary of $5.65 million for the 2018 season.

The Packers elected to waive Bennett with a failure to disclose medical condition designation last year and he was later claimed off of waivers by the Patriots. His season ended a few weeks later when he was placed on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff and other labrum damage in his shoulder along with a hamstring injury.

In 2017, Bennett appeared in nine games and caught 30 passes for 286 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Packers and Patriots.