Packers plan on recouping Martellus Bennett's signing bonus

TAMPA FL – OCTOBER 5 Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett

TAMPA FL – OCTOBER 5 Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett

Bennett caught 24 passes for 233 yards in 7 games with Green Bay this season. "Last week, I thought I was going to be on IR, so it's just been a surreal week for me". Even then, it felt like Allen would never catch a ball.

After all, he did say that he wanted to go under the knife in October when the injury got worst after the Packers' game against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 8. When Bill called and said they claimed me, I was like, 'No (expletive) way.' Then he was like, 'What's going on?' And I told him and I was like, he was like, we had a quick conversation and I was just like, 'Let me think about it and I'll call you back'.

He even told his agent to advise teams that he was planning on surgery, so it would be unwise to place a waiver claim on him.

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. Belichick's call changed Bennett's mind.

With the chance to return to New England, where Bennett was a big part of the Patriots' Super Bowl champion team a year ago, the veteran tight end said he'd eschew surgery on his shoulder and play.

"It's not about could you play, it's should you play", Bennett told reporters following Sunday night's game in regards to his shoulder injury.

"He's just an all-around good football player".

"It was pretty cool", Bennett said of being back with the Patriots.

"At this point there's nothing else anyone can say to me in my career that can make me feel any way toward myself", Bennett said. The Patriots proved they could utilize four tight ends and a fullback in their offense Sunday night in the Patriots' 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos. Different guys came through in different situations, stepped up and made plays when we needed plays and we got contributions from a lot of different people.

The NFL record is 70, set by Vinny Testaverde.

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