Bennett said he doesn't plan to come out of retirement, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bennett hinted at a return to football after his brother was traded to the Patriots, but he's now making it clear that his focus is on his company, The Imagination Agency. The 32-year-old tight end struggled with injuries in 2017 and didn't play in 2018.
Bennett is interested in coming out of retirement to play with his brother for the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Bennett was released by New England almost exactly a year ago and announced his retirement shortly thereafter. His interest in playing football seems to have been rekindled by the knowledge that his former team is working out a trade to acquire his older brother -- 33-year-old defensive end Michael Bennett -- from the Eagles. Martellus will celebrate his 32nd birthday over the weekend, having last played football in Nov. 2017.
Bennett announced his retirement via his personal Twitter account on Friday.
Bennett made comments hinting at his retirement during the 2017 season and had been mulling the decision over the past couple of months. In nine games last season with the Packers and Patriots, the tight end recorded 286 yards on 30 catches. He bounced between the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, Patriots and Packers over the course of his 10-year career, totaling 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns on 433 receptions.
The Patriots informed Bennett on Wednesday that he would be released, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the move frees up approximately $6 million in salary-cap space for the team in advance of free agency. Bennett, who turns 31 on March 10, began the 2017 campaign with Green Bay, hauling in 24 passes for 233 yards in seven games before being waived in November with a "Failure to Disclose Physical Condition" designation. The Patriots, with whom Bennett found success in 2016, subsequently claimed the tight end off waivers, but he caught just six passes in two outings before landing on injured reserve with rotator cuff and hamstring issues. Assuming he wants to play in 2018, Bennett should draw some interest if he proves to suitors that he's healthy. Moreover, if Rob Gronkowski is seriously pondering retirement, it's possible that Bennett could return to New England on a team-friendly deal.
Bennett (shoulder) wants to return to the football field for the 2018 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bennett indicated plans to retire before being waived by the Packers in November, and subsequently claimed by the Patriots. The 30-year-old appeared in only two games for New England before landing on injured reserve, and is due a two million dollar roster bonus March 14, which makes him a potential cap casualty.
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) will be placed on injured reserve, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
Bennett was released by the Packers in early November amid an alleged disagreement about how to deal with his shoulder injury. He seemingly wanted to have surgery, but then put it off once he was released and had the option of rejoining the Patriots. A subsequent hamstring injury will end Bennett's season after just two appearances in a New England uniform, and he'll presumably now have the surgery on his shoulder. He'll turn 31 in March and has already dropped hints that this could be his final season in the NFL. Dwayne Allen reclaims his role as the Patriots' No. 2 tight end.
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
With Bennett sidelined, fellow tight end Dwayne Allen figures to see added work Sunday, with Jacob Hollister on hand in a reserve role. Neither are viable fantasy lineup options, however, as long as Rob Gronkowski remains healthy enough to log abundant snaps.
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring), who is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, won't play in the contest, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Bennett's doubtful designation already made it more likely than not that he wouldn't suit up in Week 12, but Rapoport's report indicates that the veteran tight end hasn't made any unexpected progress since sitting out Friday's practice. With Bennett out of the mix, Dwayne Allen will be the clear top backup to Rob Gronkowski, but Allen is unlikely to be much of a factor in the passing game if Gronkowski makes it through the contest unscathed.
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
With Bennett unlikely to play this weekend, fellow tight end Dwayne Allen could see added work Sunday, but neither player represents a major threat to fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski's lofty fantasy status.
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) did not practice Friday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Back-to-back missed practices suggest that Bennett is truly iffy for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, though as Howe points out the tight end played through his aches and pains last Sunday against the Raiders and has yet to miss a game while a member of the Patriots. Bennett's official Week 12 status will be relayed upon the release of the team's Friday injury report.
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) did not practice Thursday, the Boston Herald reports.
There's a decent chance that Bennett's absence Thursday was maintenance-related, as opposed to indicative of an injury setback. That said, we expect the tight end to carry an injury designation, likely questionable, for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Bennett is probably going to be a fixture on the injury report down the stretch, but it's expected the tight end will continue to tough things out and play Sunday against the Dolphins. His fantasy upside, however, remains modest as long as Rob Gronkowski (illness) is available.
Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) was on the field for 17 of a possible 60 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-8 win over the Raiders, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Bennett caught all three of his targets for 15 yards in the contest, and while his transition back to the Patriots offense has been smooth enough, his fantasy upside is limited by the presence of a healthy Rob Gronkowski.
Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
While Bennett may see the field more this week after recording just seven snaps on offense in his return to the Patriots last weekend, his fantasy production figures to be sporadic as long as star tight end Rob Gronkowski remains healthy.
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Bennett hauled in all three of his targets for 38 yards in last week's win over Denver, despite seeing just seven snaps on offense. While more snaps figure to be on tap for Bennett on Sunday -- assuming he plays after practicing in a limited fashion all week -- he's no threat to approach Rob Gronkowski as the team's top pass-catching option at tight end.
Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Bennett's shoulder issue is likely to land him on the injury report most weeks the rest of the season, though it remains to be seen if his hamstring injury is a concern in advance of Sunday's game against the Raiders. Either way, as long as star tight end Rob Gronkowski remains healthy, Bennett's production could be volatile from game to game.
Bennett (shoulder) was on the field for seven out of a possible 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 41-16 win over the Broncos, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Despite the limited work in his first game back with the Patriots, Bennett managed to catch all three of his targets for 38 yards. While it's not hard to imagine him seeing more snaps in the coming weeks, he's no threat to supplant Rob Gronkowski as the Patriots' top tight end, a situation that limits Bennett's fantasy upside.
Bennett (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Broncos.
Bennett, who the Patriots claimed off waivers from the Packers earlier this week, brings blocking ability and red-zone skills to the table, but as long as Rob Gronkowski remains healthy, Bennett is not a high-percentage fantasy option. He is, however, an upgrade over fellow reserve tight end Dwayne Allen, as well as valuable insurance for Gronkowski, who is no stranger to the injury report.
Bennett (shoulder) appears on track to suit up Sunday night against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bennett's eventful week included being released by the Packers on the grounds that he failed to disclose a physical condition, and then subsequently being claimed by the Patriots on Thursday. It now appears as though Bennett will tough things out through his shoulder issue Sunday, aided by his familiarity with the team's offense after having played in New England last season. The 30-year-old's blocking ability and red-zone skills provide the Patriots with an upgrade over fellow TE Dwayne Allen, but as long as Rob Gronkowski remains healthy, Bennett is not a high-percentage fantasy option.
Bennett (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Broncos after practicing in a limited fashion Friday.
Meanwhile, as ESPN's Rob Demovsky relays, Bennett -- who the Patriots claimed on waivers Thursday -- left the Packers on less than cordial terms due to differences of opinion regarding the tight end's shoulder woes. In any case, it appears as though Bennett is prepared to play though this issue, though it's unclear if that will happen Sunday night. Assuming no setbacks down the road, Bennett's blocking ability and red-zone upside provides an upgrade over fellow TE Dwayne Allen, as well as valuable insurance for the currently healthy, but oft-injured, Rob Gronkowski.