The Green Bay Packers are trying to recoup some of tight end Martellus Bennett’s signing bonus.
The Packers released Bennett on Nov. 8 using the “Failure to Disclose Injury,” designation. He was dealing with a shoulder injury that he told the team was going to keep him out for the rest of the season.
Bennett then signed with New England Patriots shortly after his released. He played and caught a few passes for the Patriots, but on Monday he was placed on injured reserve.
On Thursday, the Packers filed paperwork to try and get back some of Bennett’s signing bonus, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
The NFLPA told ESPN that they are “aware of the situation,” per Demovsky.
During the offseason, the Packers signed Bennett to a three-year $21 million contract and a $6.5 million signing bonus. He was supposed to be a dependable pass-catching option for Aaron Rodgers. In Bennett’s previous five seasons he had totaled at least 53 receptions in each one.
However, Rodgers broke the collarbone in his throwing shoulder in Week 6, and Bennett only totaled 24 catches for 233 yards in seven games.
On his Instagram story, Bennett accused Packers’ team doctor Pat McKenzie of pressuring him to play instead of getting surgery on the shoulder. Bennett also said that his shoulder was fine at the beginning of the season.
Many Packers players came out in defense of the McKenzie including Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson, saying that the team medical staff is extremely cautious about when to send players back on the field who are coming off of injury.