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Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Tight end Martellus Bennett is walking away from the game of football. In a post on his personal Twitter account, Bennett announced his retirement, saying that he is moving on from the sport to pursue a vastly different endeavor.

This does not come as a big surprise, especially to those who have followed Martellus Bennett’s career. He has dropped a number of hints recently pointing towards a looming retirement, mainly because of injuries and the toll his body has accrued from 10 years of playing football.

Bennett played in nine games in 2017, beginning the season with the Green Bay Packers after signing a three-year deal worth $21 million in March. However, he appeared in just seven games for the Packers, collecting only 233 receiving yards with zero touchdowns on 24 receptions. His stint with the Packers was a huge disappointment even when seen from the angle outside of his performance on the field. He failed to develop a rapport with his teammates with some even accusing him of purposely quitting to get out of Green Bay.

After Bennett’s release from the Packers, he rejoined the Patriots, who claimed him off the waivers. He only played in two games last season for New England, though, as injuries continued to hound him in Foxborough.

If this is truly the end of the line of Bennett’s NFL career, then he retires with totals of 433 receptions, 4,573 receiving yards, and 30 touchdown catches across 144 regular-season games with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Green Bay, and New England. He was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI in 2017.