Packers plan on recouping Martellus Bennett's signing bonus

Aubrey Yates
November 12, 2017

"They panicked", Bennett wrote.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the Packers are going to go after at least a portion of the $6.3 million signing bonus they gave Martellus Bennett when they signed him as a free agent. Per Rapsheet, it's unclear if the Packers are seeking his full signing bonus or just the prorated $4.2 million from Bennett's three-year, $21 million contract. Bennett was reportedly diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff and labrum damage, though the Packers would need to prove that Bennett had the injury before he signed with the team and didn't disclose it to the Packers to recoup his signing bonus.

Bennett has claimed the Packers knew about his shoulder injury, pushed him to play through the injury and released him to avoid surgery and a trip to injured reserve. Bennett took part in the first practice after the bye.

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The Patriots claimed Bennett on Thursday.

Patriots Chris Hogan, Marcus Cannon and Malcom Brown have all been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos in Denver.

In eight games, Hogan has caught 33 passes for 438 yards and five touchdowns.

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