When NFL fans tune in next season, it appears they might see one less familiar face. Veteran Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett said Saturday that this will likely be his last season.
“After conversations with my family I’m pretty sure these next 8 games will be the conclusion of my NFL career,” the 30-year-old wrote on Instagram (via The Post’s Master Tesfatsion). “To everyone who has poured themselves and time into my life and career. These next games are for you. Thank you.”
Bennett began his NFL career in 2008 with the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the second round. Bennett remained in Dallas until 2012, when he spent a season with the New York Giants before heading to the Chicago Bears for the next three. He made his sole Pro Bowl appearance in 2014 after catching 90 balls for 916 yards and six touchdowns.
In 2016, Bennett won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots before signing a three-year, $21 million contract with the Packers in the offseason.
Bennett did not divulge specifics from his discussions with his family regarding his likely retirement. He’s not having one of his better seasons, with 24 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns.
Bennett, whose brother Michael plays for the Seattle Seahawks, is well known for his non-football interests and social activism.
While he has raised a fist during the national anthem to protest police brutality against people of color, he prefers instead to express his views in a different way. Bennett has gotten into drawing political cartoons.
He’s also dabbled in fashion design.
And park design.
And most recently, he signed a book deal to release a series of children’s books featuring minority heroes.
“Only 3% of children’s books have characters of color as their protagonists,” he wrote on Instagram when announcing the deal with Joe Books in September. “We’re about to change that. Diverse books for everyone.”
The Packers, who are without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, possibly for the rest of the season, host the Detroit Lions on Nov. 6. With a record of 4-3, the Packers are in second place in the NFC North. They have nine games remaining in the regular season.