Martellus Bennett, formerly of the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Patriots, is now a member of the Packers. On Friday, the productive tight end signed a three-year deal with Green Bay, immediately becoming Aaron Rodgersâ best weapon at the position. Since 2012, Bennett ranks sixth in receiving yards among all tight ends.
Bennett, of course, will be bringing more than just touchdowns and dependable blocking to Green Bay. Heâll also be bringing his lively and sometimes strange (but always entertaining) personality. Just before the onset of free agency, Bennett compared it to âbeing that girl thatâs newly single and fresh on that market.â
It didnât take long for that personality to show up in Green Bay. On Saturday, Bennett let his new fans know that heâll be letting them choose his new number.
His reason? The Packers are publicly owned.
With the @packers being owned by the people I think it's only right that the people pick my new jersey # 80, 84, 85 or 86? New # who dis?— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 11, 2017
I'll make a poll thingy majiggy and we can do it that way so it's exact— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 11, 2017
New # who dis? @packers what y'all think?— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 11, 2017
Bennettâs worn a different number at every career stop. He was No. 80 in Dallas for four years, No. 85 in his lone season with the Giants, No. 83 in his three-year Bears career, and No. 88 with the Patriots last season. Bennett didnât include No. 88 in his list above, but thatâs likely due to the fact that Ty Montgomery already owns it.
Itâs worth noting, however, that Montgomery might want to switch numbers. A year ago, Montgomery entered the season as a receiver, but ended up turning into the teamâs only reliable running back. Most running backs donât have numbers in the 80s.
I don't think 88 will be free from what I heard. But if it does free up maybe we make an executive decision to switch.— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 11, 2017
Anyway, Bennett made sure to say that heâll actually stick with whatever number the fans end up choosing.
Whatever number you guys pick I'll stick with.— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 11, 2017
Obviously, itâs a minor move that doesnât really matter in the scope of it all, but itâs just yet another example of how Bennett often immediately wins over new fan bases with his actions away from the field. He won over Bears fans with his crazy comparisons. He won over Patriots fans by hitting NFL commissioner (and New Englandâs top public enemy) Roger Goodell with a sick burn.
Just donât go asking him to take a pay cut.