NFL sees no issue with how the Pats got Martellus Bennett back despite criticism from Green Bay media
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The vitriol that has come from Green Bay regarding Martellus Bennett's curious exit from the Packers has run rampant.
The whole saga is an interesting one, but they're basically accusing Bennett of faking injuries so he could get out of his Packers contract. On the flip side, Bennett is accusing the Packers' team doctor of trying to get him to play through his injuries despite Bennett's decision to have surgery.
Bennett was subsequently released and was going to retire until Bill Belichick called him and talked him into coming back to the Patriots. As a result, stuff like this has been all over Twitter, per Mass Live:
If Bennett actually lied to get out of Green Bay then it's a dick move. No question about that.
But at the same time, if you're about to retire and Brett Hundley is your quarterback going forward, I'd probably think twice about suiting up again. Bennett was one of my favorite Patriots last year, so I'm glad he's back and able to play.
And of course, there can never be controversy without the Patriots being involved. Some were accusing the Pats of cheating and being a crap organization for taking Bennett back. Some were even calling for the NFL to investigate the situation, but the league shut all that down real quick by saying it had no issue with how Bennett came back.
The Patriots had the 30th waiver claim spot, so any team could have claimed him even if he didn't want to be claimed. Why should they be criticized for a move they think will help their team?
What is even crazier to me is that there are people who act like this is the first time the Patriots have ever taken a chance on a player who is a hot head. If you're new to the game, then you probably don't know that Bill Belichick doesn't give a shit about what anyone thinks of him or the moves he makes.