More than a week removed from Martellus Bennett's questionable departure from Green Bay, his exit has had a serious effect on his former teammates.
"At the end of the day you have to think of it as a business. Me, personally? I thought he quit on us," Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix told the Wisconsin State Journal of the now-Patriots tight end. "I don't fault him, but I did think he quit on us. He let us down -- as a teammate. For a guy that came in, of his caliber, his leadership quote-unquote, I expected more from him. I held him to a higher standard, me personally. But he handled it the way he wanted to handle it.
"I honestly think winning on Sunday gave us a motivation to go out every week [going forward] and compete. That was the hump we needed to get over -- winning a game, first and foremost. That Marty stuff, I'm glad we got it out of the way. It's time to move on."
Bennett was waived with an injury designation by Green Bay last week and intended to undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder. However, the tight end was picked up on waivers by the Patriots and then started for New England that Sunday after being listed as questionable. As of now, Bennett no longer intends to have surgery and will play with the Pats, with whom he won a Super Bowl last year, going forward.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Martellus Bennett 'quit on' Packers
NFL.com | Nov 17