Why Tom Brady Was So Impressed With Martellus Bennett After Patriots-Broncos

Report Packers aim to reclaim Martellus Bennett's signing bonus

In order to get the money back, Green Bay would have to prove that Bennett's injury, a torn rotator cuff, occurred before he signed his contract and that the team was not aware of it.

Add former National Football League quarterback Boomer Esiason to the list.

Along the way, Bennett threatened to retire after the season and hurled accusations against the Packers' team physician, who was defended by the team's star players, including Aaron Rodgers.

And afterward, Bennett was as colorful as ever as he explained his distaste for the way the Green Bay Packers handled his shoulder injury and his gratitude toward the Patriots for giving him another chance.

Those comments led to several current and former Packers rushing to McKenzie's defense.

Stephon Gilmore returns to the lineup after missing three games and defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois will make his Patriots debut after being signed on Tuesday. And let's be honest. It's more likely that he is far less willing to play through injury in order to catch passes from Brett Hundley than he is to do so on a team quarterbacked by Tom Brady.

Looking ahead, though the Patriots have added Martellus Bennett to the tight-end room, Allen is still part of the plans (his block on Dion Lewis' touchdown run Sunday night was textbook). "And it seems very selfish to me".

It was a surprise, then, that Bennett was on the field practicing on Friday. The guy didn't even bother to protect his "major injury" with a shoulder harness.

According to USA Today, the now New England Patriots tight end said: "After a few days of contemplating to play with it or get surgery, I chose surgery". Bennett claims he played throughout the season with an injured shoulder apparently so painful that after he was released, he considered getting surgery and calling it quits on a 10-year career.

"I don't know", he said Sunday night, when asked about his future. "Right now, I'm just like, f*ck it. He's done surgery on me twice, and I trust him and his opinion implicitly", Rodgers wrote on Instagram.

Bennett went on to say he notified the team every week about the shoulder pain through a body evaluation sheet, but he kept playing and the pain increased.

"I talked to six or seven doctors about it, and it could go either way, and it was one of those things that I felt like should get fixed", Bennett said.

"It's flattering, but honestly, I don't think that's the story (last night)", Belichick said.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the Packers are going to go after at least a portion of the $6.3 million signing bonus they gave Martellus Bennett when they signed him as a free agent.

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