One of the most trending news in the world of sports recently is the retirement of Martellus Bennett.
After being released by New England Patriots on March 7, Bennett has made a final decision to say goodbye to his football career. He made the announcement on Friday night through social media, initially broke the news through twitter and then later on made a longer message on Instagram.
“To be honest I was never really a football player I’ve always just been a creative guy who played football,” he wrote in Instagram. “I’ve loved some parts of the game but never everything about it. The game of football has been a huge part of my journey but it has never been my final destination. Nor has it been my life’s work. I always knew that this roller coaster ride would end I’ve enjoyed every up and down twist and turn, as well as every scream and shout.”
Bennett, who is a 10-year NFL veteran, also did not fail to express his gratitude to his teammates and coaches in the note.
His Retirement Is Not a Surprised Though
Though all of Bennett’s fans were not happy with the retirement announcement, this news did not come as a surprise though.
The 31 year old made a hint that he will retire after the 2017 season. Bennett has always been an expensive luxury for the Patriots, with his $6.1 million cap hit making him one of the most expensive tight ends of the league. The franchise decided to cut Bennett with dead money remaining on its cap earlier this month due to injury and age concerns that are mounting up.
Bennett’s decision to retire was not as solid as of late February though. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport tweeted that Bennett still wanted to play, “Despite publicly contemplating retirement last season, #Patriots TE Martellus Bennett does want to continue playing, I’m told. He’s due a $2M roster bonus on March 14, so New England has a decision… but his $6.2M cap hit isn’t bad.”
This was confirmed by Bennett himself on The Rich Eisen Show via NFL.com, saying “Right now I’m just living life and trying to figure out what I want to do next. Is it to continue to play? Is it to explore other options? What is it that I want to do?”
Well, it certainly did not take long for Bennett to decide to leave his career in NFL and focus on his creative flair instead. He will now devout his full time to his production company, The Imagination Agency, which focuses on making children’s content including film, books, etc.
Read more on how Bennett’s creativity led to the establishment of his production company.
Bennett’s Contribution to NFL
Bennett has been a tantalizing prospect throughout his football career, thanks to his athleticism and massive size (6’7, 250 pounds).
He debuted his NFL career with the Texas A&M Aggies where he stayed with them for three seasons. During this stint, he only caught 105 passes for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns. With an average of 34.6 yards per game, many felt that his head coach Dennis Franchione was not maximizing his talent.
On April 2008, Bennett was invited to the Dallas Cowboys’ Valley Ranch headquarters for a pre-draft visit and he got picked up with the 61st pick of the NFL Draft. He finished his rookie season with 20 receptions for 283 yards and four touchdowns. He regressed as a receiver on his second season, with a compilation of only 15 catches for 159 yards and no touchdowns.
He was out of two of four preseason games and two regular-season games because of the injuries that he acquired preseason – a right high ankle strain and an injured hamstring. Bennett decided to leave Dallas before the start of 2012 season to start a new opportunity.
He signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the New York Giants on March 14, 2012. He recorded his first touchdown in several years in the season opener against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. He recorded 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns in his lone season with the Giants despite playing through several injuries.
Bennett signed a four-year deal, $20.4 million deal with the Chicago Bears on March 2013. He continued to show a good performance, which results to his first Pro Bowl invitation and a 916-yard season in 2014.
Bennette did not hide his displeasure about his teammates and coaches so it’s not a surprise when he decided to leave the team.
Bennett was traded to the New England Patriots on March 2016. He was the most efficient Patriots receiver in his first five weeks, with 21 receptions for 314 yards and four touchdowns, including a three-touchdown. He was a part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI where he corded five catches for 62 yards.
What Is The Reason of His Retirement?
The final season of Bennett in the NFL was not a nice ride. He became a commodity on the free agent market due to his good performance on the Patriot’s Super Bowl. He signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Green Bay Packers.
A shoulder issue created a fall out between Bennett and the team, with Bennett claiming that despite the pain of his acquired injuries, he was still pressured to play. This claim was denied vehemently by the doctors, executives and his teammates. Midway through a lost season in Wisconsin, Bennett was cut off from the team due to failure to disclose a medical condition designation.
He had his second stint with the Patriots on November 2017 and a day after he was claimed, he was required to undergo a physical before he can join the team legitimately. The Patriots put Bennett on injured reserve due to hamstring and shoulder injuries.
Bennett was released by the Patriots on March 7, 2018. He made his announcement to retire from the NFL on March 23, 2018 to focus on his multimedia production company.
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