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Former Patriots TE Martellus Bennett unsure if he’ll play in 2018

From a personal standpoint, 2017 was a difficult season for former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, who saw it end prematurely due to a nagging hamstring injury. His NFL future is now in question given his difficulty to stay on the field in his 10th year in the league.

His situation became even more cloudy after he was released by the Patriots earlier this month. During a recent interview with The Rich Eisen Show, Bennett voiced that he is still uncertain if he wants to continue to play at least another season. (h/t Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk)

“Right now I’m just living life and trying to figure out what I want to do next,” Bennett said. “Is it to continue to play? Is it to explore other options? What is it that I want to do? After 10 years, you take such a toll not only on your body but mentally. So it’s just like where am I in a mental capacity overall? Is it something I want to continue to do?”

Through his first 10 seasons, Bennett has been a highly productive player, recording 433 catches for 4,573 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns. This includes recording at least 50 catches five times while hauling in at least five touchdowns on four occasions.

However, it’s clear that his struggle to stay healthy is beginning to weigh on him a bit, as it has pushed the tight end to at least ponder retirement. He can still be a valuable asset in the passing game for a team that needs stability and a proven option at the position. The only hurdle at this point in his career is showing that he can stay relatively healthy through the course of a full season.

Several teams will likely line up to acquire his services given that the free agent market at the position has dwindled down. Ultimately, it will all come down to his desire to continue his NFL career.