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Packers TE Martellus Bennett intends to retire after this season

Martellus Bennett

Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett could be reaching the end of his NFL career. In a Twitter post made by Master Tesfatsion‏ of the Washington Post, it was revealed that Bennett is planning to hang up his sneakers at the conclusion of this season.

“After conversations with my family I’m pretty sure these next 8 games will be the conclusion of my NFL career. To everyone who has poured themselves and time into my life and career. These next games are for you. Thank you.”

The 30-year-old Bennett was selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, where he played for four seasons before bouncing to and from the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears, and the New England Patriots before landing with the Packers over the offseason via a trade from the Pats.

So far in his 10-year NFL career, the former Texas A&M Aggie has garnered 4,520 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns on 427 receptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 while playing for the Bears.

Bennett has yet to score a touchdown this season, but is fourth on the team with 233 receiving yards on 24 catches.

Bennett, who won a Super Bowl title with the Patriots last February, has two more years left on his contract after this season.

If this is indeed Bennett’s last season in the NFL, the Packers may prioritize looking for a tight end in next year’s draft. The Packers’ other tight ends in Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks have expiring contracts in 2018 and 2019, respectively.