Packers waive tight end Martellus Bennett in stunning move

Martellus Bennett was in his first season with the Packers after helping the Patriots win February’s Super Bowl. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Martellus Bennett had recently indicated that this could be his final NFL season. The Packers ensured Wednesday that the veteran tight end has already played his final game for them, releasing him in a stunning move.

Adding to the intrigue, Green Bay reportedly waived Bennett with a designation of having failed to disclose a medical condition. That could allow the team to try to recoup about $4.2 million, which would be the prorated portion still left on the $6.3 million signing bonus the Packers gave him this year in free agency as part of a three-year, $21 million contract.

The medical condition reportedly cited by the Packers was a shoulder injury that kept Bennett out of Monday night’s loss to the Lions. The 10th-year player was already ruled out of Green Bay’s upcoming game Sunday, which had been viewed as an unusual move this early in the week.

“This is a clear issue of the Packers and Martellus Bennett not being on the same page, really from A to Z,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Wednesday. He added that Bennett “disputes the notion that he hid anything” in terms

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