Martellus Bennett signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Green Bay Packers last March, just months removed from his Super Bowl LI win as a member of the New England Patriots. Over the course of the last week, Bennett was cut from the Packers under the NFL’s “failure to disclose a physical condition” designation and then subsequently re-signed by the Patriots. If this sounds bizarre to you, you’re not alone.
The NFL’s “failure to disclose a physical condition” designation can be used in a couple of different ways, but in this case, rampant speculation is that the Packers used this designation to try and get back a percentage of Bennett’s signing bonus for failing to disclose a shoulder injury.
According to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, “the last medical conversation I was involved with in regards to Marty, they were talking about scheduling surgery. After that, then you have the termination and then the claim. I really don’t have any comments on that. I’ve answered the question for the last time, respectfully.”
We can presume that the Packers released Bennett under the assumption that he was going to have surgery, and yet, the Patriots claimed him off waivers, and he practiced with the team on Friday, although the practice report said he was “limited.”