Packers cut ties with former Texas A&M TE Martellus Bennett

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Per ESPN, the team is positioned to file a grievance to reclaim the prorated $4.2 million remaining on his $8 million signing bonus. All 31 other teams have until 4 p.m. ET Thursday to submit a claim on him.

Bennett was the Packers' biggest free-agent signing during the National Football League offseason.

"Martellus Bennett will not practice this week, he will not be available for the game", coach Mike McCarthy said before Wednesday's practice. That update turned into McCarthy ruling Bennett out this week with a shoulder injury, which quickly devolved into them parting ways over Bennett's failure to disclose his medical condition. He had recorded 24 catches over seven games in Green Bay.

Meanwhile, a number of his now ex-teammates are wondering what went awry - and whether Bennett quit on them as soon as they lost two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers to an October 15 broken right collarbone.

The veteran tight end made waves last week when he indicated through his Instagram account that he was likely to retire after the 2017 season.

The Packers have two other tight ends on the roster in Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers.

The injury would have kept him out of Sunday's game at Chicago, which is where Bennett calls home after spending the 2013 through 2015 seasons with the Bears.

The Packers signed Bennett to a three-year, $21 million contract as a free agent in March. That day, Bennett left the locker room telling reporters he wouldn't be talking with them because there was "nothing to talk about".

Information from ESPN's Rob Demovsky and Field Yates and The Associated Press was used in this report.



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