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Packers release tight end Martellus Bennett

Packers release tight end Martellus Bennett

All 31 other teams have until 4 p.m. ET Thursday to submit a claim on him. If he goes unclaimed after that, he is free to sign with any team and continue playing.

Bennett's release comes hours after Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled out Bennett for this week because of a shoulder injury.

Bennett posted on his social media account last month that he was contemplating retirement at the end of this season.

Bennett had 24 receptions for 233 yards no touchdowns in his short stint in Green Bay.

The Packers have two other tight ends on the roster in Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers. If they do, Bennett would have to return $4.2 million.

On Oct. 28, Bennett posted to his Instagram account that he was "pretty sure" that the Packers' post-bye week games would be his last in the National Football League and that he would retire after the season.

Bennett returned with the rest of the team on October 31 and took part in practice that day.

Though we don't yet know exactly what happened between Bennett and the Packers, it seems likely that his injury is somewhat serious. The storied franchise has lost three straight games and now have made a decision to part ways with tight end Martellus Bennett.

He didn't play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions after being listed as doubtful for the game. By the afternoon, Bennett had been cut by the Packers. What will be interesting to see moving forward is whether or not Green Bay will look to void the remainder of Bennett's contract. They didn't give him one, and, concerned about his locker room presence, traded him a year later. "So if Marty is there, great".