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Martellus Bennett blasts Packers and team doc on Instagram

Martellus Bennett blasts Packers and team doc on Instagram

Martellus Bennett returned to the Patriots and was back on the practice field Friday then blasted the Green Bay Packers and their team doctor, Dr. Pat McKenzie, on Instagram.

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Bennett, released by the Packers with a "failure to disclose an injury" designation, reportedly has a torn rotator cuff. He said in an Instagram story that the Packers were trying to force him to "play thru a major injury."

Here is a transcript of what Bennett wrote, with the expletives edited:

"The Packers examined my shoulder March 10 and cleared it. They even gave me an xray as well. It got worse during the season, specifically against the cowboys so I asked to have it checked and we checked it. After a few days of contemplating to play with it or get surgery, I chose surgery. Now here we are ...

"They tried to f--- over me. Dr. McKenzie trying to cover his own a--. After trying to persuade me to play thru a major injury and me choosing to get surgery.

"They have access to all my medical records. My shoulder wasn't what it is now at the beginning of the season. I f---ed it playing for the @packers.

"Dr McKenzie didn't make me feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird.  Not that he was getting me to try and play thru but the way he was saying things. I didn't trust him. So I got 3 other opinions from doctors who all said I need to get it fixed. So I decided to do that. And they decided to waive me with some bull---t excuse. Failure disclose. 

"Every week we do a body evaluation sheet in the weight and pretty much every week I circled my shoulder. I just kept playing but it got worse.

"During the bye week I got off anti inflammatories to clean my system and could really feel the pain. So I asked to examine it first day back in. And that's when we found out it was really f---ed up.

They knew.

“They panicked. Thinking that I was trying to go on IR and be on their books next year. When I mentioned that I would possibly retire. So they tried to f— me before they thought I would f— them. This was all about money. All about money. I get it. But don’t lie homie. You knew wtf was up. C.R.E.A.M. [cash rules everything around me].

“I had intentions of playing all 8 games as I mentioned in the post during the bye week, but found out it was worse than I felt after getting it checked out. Now I’m like f— it. I chose my health over the ‘team’. They chose money over me.”

Patriots claim Martellus Bennett on waivers after release from Packers

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Patriots claim Martellus Bennett on waivers after release from Packers

Well, that was a freebie. 

One day after he was waived by the Packers, former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett has been awarded to the Pats on waivers. The news was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Bennett is in the first year of a three-year, $21 million contract signed in free agency, but as ESPN's Mike Reiss pointed out, the money already paid to him and the ability to cut him before next season meant his contract was unlikely to be a deterrent. 

Wrote Reiss: 

Any team claiming Bennett would be inheriting his contract, which extends through 2019 and calls for a $2 million bonus to be paid early in the 2018 league year. That is manageable both in the short and long term. They could also decide not to pay the bonus and not have any obligations on their salary cap for 2018 and 2019. 

Acquired from the Bears for a fifth-round pick prior to last season, Bennett had a career-high seven touchdowns for the Patriots last season. He served as a big part of the Patriots offense, particularly after Rob Gronkowski was lost for the season. 

Not interested in paying what Bennett would get in free agency, the Pats elected to trade for Dwayne Allen and let Bennett walk. Bennett has no receptions this season, while Bennett had 24 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns in seven games for Green Bay. 

Should the Patriots make a run at Bennett? Why, yes

Should the Patriots make a run at Bennett? Why, yes

The slumping Packers launched a personnel grenade Wednesday, releasing tight end Martellus Bennett after Bennett played just seven uneven games for them.

While shrapnel from that news rained down in Green Bay, in New England, speculation immediately turned to whether or not the Patriots might be interested in reeling Bennett back into the fold.

Bennett was with the Patriots in 2016 and while his quirky, eccentric, look-at-me personality certainly had potential to grate on the organization, it never did because Bennett – according to coaches and teammates – worked his ass off, played through injury when the team needed him to and was productive.

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In that way, the 2016 season was a departure for Bennett, who’d been dogged by accusations of dogging it at several stops in his 10-year-career. But the Patriots were the best team Bennett had been a part of. Green Bay could have been comparably competitive, which is no doubt why Bennett went there a free agent in the offseason. But quarterback Aaron Rodgers got hurt on October 15 against the Vikings and the Packers haven’t won since. Bennett – in the wake of the Rodgers injury – announced he was “pretty sure” that 2017 would be his last season.

In short, it looks like things had long since gone south for Bennett out there. That was confirmed by the fact he was released with a designation of “failing to disclose a medical condition.” There will be more to that story and the Packers may be trying to recoup portions of the three-year, $21 million deal he signed.

Could Bennett come back to the Patriots and find short-term success before he hangs them up? Would he want to? There’s no doubt he loves the attention so I’d be surprised if he dismisses that possibility.

And players who’ve moved on and pissed off their new employers have returned successfully to the Patriots (LeGarrette Blount being the prime example of that).

If he were to come back to New England, Bennett would first have to clear waivers as a vested veteran released after the trade deadline. And then the Patriots would have to establish that he’s an upgrade over Dwayne Allen (he would be -- Allen hasn’t caught a pass) and whether he’ll be worth the trouble.

Financially, New England could handle it with ease. But the Pats have to figure out if he’s healthy, if he’s engaged and whether he’d make an immediate impact. Given the brittleness of Gronk (at least historically), it seems like a reasonable insurance policy.

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