Green Bay Packers: Packers release TE Martellus Bennett

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers have cut tight end Martellus Bennett with the failure to disclose a medical condition designation, a league source told ESPN's Field Yates. "To everyone who has poured themselves and time into my life and career". "There's a number of opinions things he's working through".

The injury would have kept him out of Sunday's game at Chicago, which is where Bennett calls home after spending the 2013 through 2015 seasons with the Bears.

Bennett was signed to a three-year, $21 million contract in the offseason.

The Packers are expected to use fellow tight ends Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers while Bennett remains sidelined after the two saw their workload increase in Monday's game.

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Bennett's production in the seven games he did play was modest: 24 catches for 233 yards and no touchdowns.

Bennett's agent, Kennard McGuire, declined comment. If they do, Bennett would have to return $4.2 million.

Bennett, who won Super Bowl LI with the Patriots in February after one of his most productive seasons as a pro, gave a halfhearted indication he would retire at the end of the season in a message he posted to his Instagram story during the bye week. The Packers could go after the prorated amount of that signing bonus, $4.2 million. "I am part of the conversation". I understand what's going on, and I don't turn a blind eye to it. It ended Wednesday in weird fashion, as the Packers cut the veteran tight end and set the stage for recouping some of the money they clearly feel they wasted on him. Both have had 50-catch seasons.

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