As you in Hi-Top Nation already know, the Patriots traveled to Denver and beat the ever-loving bag out of the Broncos. The hometown team looked great, but the biggest storyline for me coming out of the game was Martellus Bennett.
Just to recap, after winning a ring in Foxboro, Marty B signed a lucrative deal with Green Bay in the off season. It wasn’t going well, though, and things seem to come to a head after just 8 games, over an apparent shoulder injury. As best I can tell it goes something like this: he was hurt, the team thought he should play, he went to doctors who confirmed he was hurt, then he decided to have surgery, told the team he was going to be out for the rest of the year, leading them to waive him.
“I talked to six or seven doctors about it, and it could go either way, and it was one of those things that I felt like should get fixed,” Bennett said. “And then after trying to get it fixed and getting waived, you just got that vengeance in your heart. You’re like, ‘All right, that’s how you’re going to do it? Then … let’s go ball.'”
Now this is where it gets really weird. Bennett, through his agent, told teams not to sign him. He was going to go under the knife, and now was even indicating he was going to retire. When the Patriots came calling, though, Marty B was excited to come back. Not only would he not be having surgery on his shoulder, he was making the trip with the team 4 days later, and played with no obvious physical limitation.
If I’m reading the last part of that quote correctly, it seems as though it was all done out of spite. I can really respect that. Own it, Marty. Straight up ballsy stuff. BALLSY!
I still really have no clue how this all happened, or if it’s at all legal. I know it’s fishy as hell, stinks like Thursday’s garbage. But I haven’t heard anything about the league looking into it. That’s not surprising considering Mr Kraft’s alignment with Commissioner Goodell.
It could’ve gotten really bad following the investigation regarding air pressure in footballs, with many short-sighted fans and a notable local blog site really letting the Commissioner have it. But Kraft has handled everything masterfully since then. Kraft even effectively came to the defense of Goodell this week, in his asking Jerry Jones to back off of his recent legal actions regarding the Commissioner’s new contract.
Mr. Kraft knows what’s best from a business sense is ultimately best for his teams’ fan base, and once again, he’s on the right side of the issue.